The news of this transaction was posted on Reddit by user “crihyde” who fell victim to the scam.
While details of the exact eBay listing were not posted to the forum, an image was shared which clearly shows a standard Xbox One controller. It appears the seller had “customised” the controller with a blacked out bottom half, somewhat resembling the PS5 controller.
Being scammed on eBay is nothing new, and while most sellers are honest, sometimes incidents like this can happen when buying from a minority of third party sellers.
Following the launch of the PlayStation 5, scammers were selling photos of PS5s, tricking hasty customers into thinking that they were buying a new-gen console.
In most cases these fake PS5 listings were worded in a certain way which, at a glance, could fool someone panic-buying.
I don’t know what information this listing detailed for the DualSense controller, but when the Xbox One controller arrived at the customer’s house, it was packaged in a DualSense box.
At this time while the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S consoles are sold out everywhere, many of the accessories are easier to come by from reputable retailers.
I’m not saying that third party sellers pose a risk, but I often go by the rules of always checking customer feedback on the seller’s page. If they have a new account with little-to-no sales, I tend to avoid them.
Above all else, I always go by the age-old golden rule: if something looks too good to be true, it often is!
So in a nutshell, just be careful what you’re buying. Some people will take advantage of enthusiastic buyers!
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Featured Image Credit: Reddit: u/crihyde