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Another Change At eBay - High Bidder ID's No Longer Visible
« on: October 29, 2008, 10:04:12 AM »
At least not to anyone but the seller.

Early last year, we began to anonymize bidder IDs on listings. This change was designed to protect bidders from fake Second Chance Offers and other malicious emails. As I’ve shared before, this initiative has been very successful, resulting in a 90% reduction in this type of fraud.

Today, however, the winning bidder’s ID is currently visible to everyone after the listing ends, and this continues to lead to fake checkout offers and other spam. Consequently, it also leads to unpaid items, as winning bidders who fall victim to these fake emails often send payment to someone other than the seller.

Based on the positive results we’ve seen by anonymizing bidder User IDs, as well as our commitment to protecting all bidders from becoming targets for fraudsters, we’ve decided to extend anonymized User IDs to winning bidders, as well. This change will be implemented sometime this week.

As always, the following information will still be accessible:

Sellers will be able to view all bidder IDs on their listings.

All members can click on the bidder ID and view the bidder’s Bid History page, which will detail the categories in which they’ve bid over the past 30 days.

Feedback pages will show the same information as now – buyer and seller IDs, with comments visible to all.

Thanks for taking the time to read about these updates to improve safety on eBay, and we thank you for your support.


John Canfield
Senior Director, eBay Trust & Safety


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Re: Another Change At eBay - High Bidder ID's No Longer Visible
« Reply #1 on: October 29, 2008, 09:18:10 PM »
I never knew about that scam going on,sending payment to fake sellers.coupled with only seeing the winning bidders ID,AFTER he has left feedback for payment,works when coupled with hiding the winning bidders ID.I think anyway.


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