eBay scammer arrested in biggest fraud case to date

In what is probably the largest eBay fraud to have occurred since the auction houses opening, has been uncovered. A conman dubbed 'The Man' has been arrested, along with his counterparts, for his role in the largest scam that has ever occurred on eBay.

The Dailymail.co.uk is reporting that Gary Bellchambers was arrested at his home in Rainham, Essex. Gary lived a two part life, his life in Essex was a very modest living with little amenities, but his life in Thailand, was that of extreme luxury made possible by his sales of counterfeit golf equipment on eBay.

The prosecutor said: "Over the course of about four years, between mid-2003 and early-2008, these defendants and their co-conspirators have been responsible for the sale and distribution of hundreds of thousands, maybe millions, of pounds worth of counterfeit goods both here in the UK and abroad - primarily through the well-known auction website eBay."

The counterfeit clubs were being sold as original equipment but were in fact knock offs that were being produced in China and being sold by Gary Bellchambers; the court date is set for January 25th.

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Those of you who believe these counterfeit golf clubs are of the same quality as genuine have obviously never played golf before. Either that or you've never been exposed to the counterfeit clubs.

Hit a few balls and watch your club head fall off/explode.

Reason why its genuine is because they use costly material to make that usually lasts longer than low cost ones which would be fakes or that the life expectancy is really darn low hence the cheap price. These days anyone will go for the lower number then later on find out they've been duped. That is why its better to spend the few extra dollars from someone you know or have trusted with for since who knows how long. Good thing I never buy anything from ebay though some items do look tempting at best. I never even trust those ratings either of a user. Could be friends of friends in the con or multiple accounts to make it look like the person is a trustworthy seller.

Lol, not like it's hard to live "life of luxury" in Thailand coming from a western country. Whoever would want to to is another question... :S

Ebay is in the gutters though unfortunately taking one drop out of a swimming pool of rubbish like most of it is will hardly have any effect.

same as ebay is full of HTC Diamond 2 being labbled as genuine and dam cost same but actually are copies. i found it when i got suspicious about the camera being written as 3 mp instead of 5. when i email they said its num one copy ::) duh. but i know many ppl just use buy it now and thinks they are buying something great.

Genuine doesn't automatically mean quality. Lots of genuine products are produced in China, if not most of them. Although if he became that rich, he was obviously producing them for a fraction of the cost so they couldn't have been very high quality.....So will everyone get their money back from this lawsuit?

Fraction of the cost ?

It cost nothing to produce something in china.

Most fake products coming from china are produced with the same quality as the original. They are just sold at the right price.

Nightwind Hawk said,
I need a new battery for my laptop and I was going to get a genuine dell one off ebay... is it safe or is it probably fake???


I bought a "Genuine HP Battery" off ebay for my laptop. It was a fake. On top of that, it only lasted a couple months...just beyond the "30 day warranty".

Laptop Battery + EBay = FAKE

I am surprised eBay care.

For years when I was a member (upto 3 years ago) there was enough counterfeit items to

to fill Pettycoat Lane a thousand times.

If they removed all the dodgy goods eBay would fold up like a house of cards.

leesmithg said,
I am surprised eBay care.

For years when I was a member (upto 3 years ago) there was enough counterfeit items to

to fill Pettycoat Lane a thousand times.

If they removed all the dodgy goods eBay would fold up like a house of cards.


The point here is the way the products were (mis)represented and the prices they were being sold at...

We have been reading about this for a bit where i work (I work for a Golf Company) The guy has even hurt our business and we are an American Company.

s3n4te said,
If confeit have the same quality, then I have no problems.


but if you thought you were buying genuine, paying genuine prices, you would expect genuine quality

bdsams said,
but if you thought you were buying genuine, paying genuine prices, you would expect genuine quality


Why would you buy "genuine" stuff on eBay in 1st place?

bdsams said,
but if you thought you were buying genuine, paying genuine prices, you would expect genuine quality


yeah but if your buying an 'armani suit' or w/e on ebay for super knock-down prices, you wouldnt really expect it to be genuine