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Ebay Shop Disappointment, Locals Cry Foul

“I have been getting some funds on the system, but when I did transfer to M-PAiSA until today, there is nothing there as yet.” 
12 Sep 2023 16:00
Ebay Shop Disappointment, Locals Cry Foul
Photo: Mereleki Nai

Fijians have lost thousands of dollars to ‘EbayShop Online Recruitment’ that has ceased its activities and its outlets forced to close around the country.

Victims, who spoke to us on the condition of anonymity, claim to have lost between $360 and $10,000, some within just one month of registering with the scheme.

Some said to have left their jobs thinking the scheme was going to sustain them financially. They were either influenced by their relatives, friends, agents, or through social media posts.

Ebay tracking website Fijians used to monitor their money is inactive, however only Telegram application (app) chat group remain active where numerous Fijians have raised questions on their money.

 

One victim from Ba, who joined last month, invested $3200, but like many others, received no financial returns.

In a month he was supposed to receive more than $1000, he said.

Manjula, 38, of Vatiyaka, Ba, invested $320, but like many others, she still has not received anything.

“I have been getting some funds on the system, but when I did transfer to M-PAiSA until today, there is nothing there as yet.”

Kanta Mani, a mother of two from Yako, Nadi, was lucky she wasn’t duped, after an agent returned her money.

Lautoka businesswoman Ana Lewavai, who joined the scheme since June 16, said she recovered more than what she invested.

“Now it has come to this, what happened?”

 

The operation 

‘EbayShop Online Recruitment’ started operations earlier this year, recruiting locals as agents to market their online activities that provided short tasks for Fijians in return for money daily.

The online scheme promoted a tax registration document that was allegedly signed by the former chief executive officer of the Fiji Revenue and Custom Services (FRCS), Mark Dickson, indicating April 19, 2023, as the commencement date.

Further, Ebay was to trade as ‘Online Trading Pte Limited’ as per their tax registration and Registration of Companies certificates.

According to the tax registration certificate, Ebay’s business activity was listed as “other professional, scientific, and technical activities.”

Documents provided by Ebay showed it originated from the U.s, operating as “Ebay Shop Group Limited ‘ in Colorado. The name of scheme changed when they opened their offices and started operating in Fiji.

Office spaces at Labasa, Lautoka, and Nadi, have since been closed.

Shop Office in Lautoka. Photo: Mereleki Nai

The owner of the office space in Lautoka, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said a local Ebay agent applied to open the office.

“Yesterday I have sealed their office for operating without legal agreement, and not providing directors Identification Card upon numerous requests. They had paid a $1000 bond,” he said.

Assistant Commissioner of Police Crime Sakeo Raikaci said: “We have yet to receive any report against the operations of Ebay shop and if a report is lodged, we will investigate accordingly.”

Consumer Council of Fiji CEO Seema Shandil said the council had not received any complaints.

Questions were sent to FRCS but remained unanswered when this edition went press.

 

Feedback: wati.talebula@fijisun.com.fj



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