hen shopping online at any of the popular online auction websites there is always a chance the goods you purchase may be stolen. This is especially true for electronic goods such as power tools, MP3 players, and portable games machines.
The more portable the item and the larger the auction site the greater the potential for online fraud to occur simply based on the size and number of goods for sale. Having said that online auction sites such as eBay co-operate closely with law enforcement, have strict policies in place and make these part of every sellers responsibility
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Nonetheless online auction fraud is increasing and being prepared and smart online will help protect you from being a victim.
I Think I Have Bought Stolen Goods, What Now?
First, don’t panic. If you have bought the items in good faith and had no knowledge that it was stolen then it is probable, in most states in Australia, you would not be prosecuted as the court must prove you had knowledge the items were stolen when you purchased. You may however have to surrender the goods without any compensation – but of course check with your local police station or a solicitor for clarification.