Fake Winning Bid for the Paris Hilton- and Jay Leno-autographed GSX-R Bodywork
But now it looks like not even a dime from that amount will reach the charity, as Roadracing World informs the winning bid was, in fact, a scam.
They say their attempts to contact the winning bidder were unsuccessful. “For instance, the shipping address associated with the account was in New York but the phone number provided was in Alaska. The person who answered that phone call said they did not know the account holder’s name or anything about the auction,” the Roadracing World Action Fund statement reads.
The incident was reported immediately to eBay Motors as an Unpaid Item, and Roadracingworld.com contacted eBay Motors’ media relations department to find out more about the incident and how to safeguard against future auction fraud.
According to eBay Motors, it appears that someone set up a new account during the time of the auction and only bid on that particular item.
“Obviously, eBay handles a number of these high-profile celebrity charity auctions. We’re sorry to hear in this case the auction wasn’t completed,” eBay Motors spokesman Andy Kill told Roadracingworld.com. “The proper course is contacting the buyer or trying to contact them and waiting a few days or so. If nothing happens in that time, open [an Unpaid Item] case, and eBay Trust and Safety will review the transaction and take the appropriate action against the buyer’s account. If it’s a no-pay situation or an unpaid item, that will be recorded on their account. And a number of those records will lead to restrictions in buying and selling privileges. Those are the recommended ways of going about resolving cases.”