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FBI has charged 6 former eBay executives & employees with lurid stalking

Apparently a couple were critical of eBay in their online marketing newsletter. So eBay executives and employees began harassing them by sending them live cockroaches, a pig head in a bloody Halloween mask, and even subscribing to pornographic magazines in their name and having it shipped to their neighbors. But here's the kicker, eBay then used a "white knight" strategy by informing the couple of what was happening and offering to help them!!!! This went up as high as eBay's Chief Communication Officer Devin Wenig, who left the company in September even though eBay's internal investigation supposedly didn't find him guilty.

 

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In our experience, we have not seen something like this, at least not recently... This case really stood out for us, both for the effort to intimidate and terrorize the couple, and the extent ... the goal and, at least as alleged in the complaint, the really elaborate steps taken to effectuate that goal.

-U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts Andrew E. Lelling

 

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They also sent pizza to the couple’s home at 4:30 a.m. and also advertised a fake yard sale that told people to just go into the house if no one was outside, as well as swingers parties, telling people to show up at the home after 10 p.m. for the sex parties.

 

Eventually, Lelling said, four of the six people charged flew from California to Massachusetts to put the couple under surveillance. They then attempted to break into the couple’s garage to put a GPS on their vehicle so they could track them.

-MetroWestDailyNews

 

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According to Lelling, “The boxes included: fly larvae and live spiders; a box of live cockroaches; a sympathy wreath on the occasion of a dead loved one; a book of advice on how to survive the death of a spouse; pornography mailed to their neighbors but in the couple’s names; a Halloween mask featuring the face of a bloody pig and a pig fetus that was ordered but after an inquiry from the supplier thankfully was never sent.”

-TechCrunch

 

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Baugh, 45, was eBay’s senior director of safety and security. Harville, 48, was the company’s director of global resiliency. Both have been arrested.

-Bloomberg

 

Ex-EBay Employees Accused of Harassment With Live Bugs, Bloody Pig Mask

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-06-15/ex-ebay-executives-are-charged-with-lurid-cyberstalking-campaign

 

Ex-EBay Executives Are Charged With Lurid Stalking Campaign

https://news.bloomberglaw.com/tech-and-telecom-law/ex-ebay-executives-are-charged-with-lurid-cyberstalking-campaign

 

Former eBay employees harassed couple who wrote critical newsletter articles, prosecutors say

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/all/former-ebay-employees-threatened-couple-who-wrote-critical-newsletter-articles-n1231075

 

Natick couple was targeted for months by 6 then-eBay employees. The employees face federal charges after an ‘extensive’ campaign of harassment.

https://www.metrowestdailynews.com/news/20200615/updated-natick-couple-was-targeted-for-months-by-6-then-ebay-employees-employees-face-federal-charges-after-extensive-campaign-of-harassment

 

 

 

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I believe this is the couple that eBay was harassing they own and run EcommerceBytes which is a Multiplatform e-commerce company. They provide e-commerce advice and services. They help sellers avoid fraud and other issues that are common in eBay. I can't find the exact article that triggered eBay.

 

EcommerceBytes

Steiner Associates LLC launched AuctionBytes in 1999 and changed the name to EcommerceBytes in 2011 to reflect the broadening scope of our coverage.EcommerceBytes is the leading publisher and number one source of news for ecommerce and online merchants. EcommerceBytes publishes email newsletters and the EcommerceBytes Web site, which provides resources for online auction buyers and sellers, including Blogs, “Cool Tools”, Service Ratings Charts and Discussion Forums.

EcommerceBytes publishers David and Ina Steiner are frequently quoted by major news organizations about eBay, online trading and Internet fraud including such publications as Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Smart Money Magazine, and Fortune Small Business.

https://www.ecommercebytes.com

 

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While I don't agree with stalking that's not exactly creepy, and they stole most of those ideas.   There are better methods of traumatizing someone.

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3 minutes ago, valdyrgramr said:

While I don't agree with stalking that's not exactly creepy, and they stole most of those ideas.   There are better methods of traumatizing someone.

Gavin Belson, is that you?

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2 minutes ago, valdyrgramr said:

While I don't agree with stalking that's not exactly creepy, and they stole most of those ideas.   There are better methods of traumatizing someone.

Does not the idea that eBay knows more about you than law enforcement does not send chills down your spine?

 

eBay (and Paypal) know every place you've ever lived. That's more than your wireless carrier does.

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Just now, Kisai said:

Does not the idea that eBay knows more about you than law enforcement does not send chills down your spine?

 

eBay (and Paypal) know every place you've ever lived. That's more than your wireless carrier does.

Not really to me, but then again I'm a Slavic/Nordic hybrid with Asperger's syndrome that was raised by the worst parts of the internet and a professional something NSFW.   I think some of my purchases have traumatized them.

 

Tubing, a car battery, a nsfw "object", nsfw sensory limiting "outfits" and accessories, knives, and other things my "clients" are into.   And, Paypal sees a lot of purchases from a leather company.

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40 minutes ago, valdyrgramr said:

While I don't agree with stalking that's not exactly creepy, and they stole most of those ideas.   There are better methods of traumatizing someone.

That’s not exactly creepy?

 

For a company’s employees to literally harass a couple and intentionally send pranks or psych-out items to their home - to send embarrassing things intentionally to their neighbours?

 

People go to jail over less. That is very creepy. And a little disturbing. Those employees need psychological help. For fucks sake one of them was Director of safety and security. 

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2 minutes ago, dalekphalm said:

That’s not exactly creepy?

 

For a company’s employees to literally harass a couple and intentionally send pranks or psych-out items to their home - to send embarrassing things intentionally to their neighbours?

 

People go to jail over less. That is very creepy. And a little disturbing. Those employees need psychological help. For fucks sake one of them was Director of safety and security. 

To each their own, but what you find creepy isn't exactly creepy to everyone.   Harassment isn't creepy, but it is illegal.   So is stalking.  Prank ideas they stole from movies isn't exactly original to me nor creepy.

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17 minutes ago, dalekphalm said:

That’s not exactly creepy?

 

For a company’s employees to literally harass a couple and intentionally send pranks or psych-out items to their home - to send embarrassing things intentionally to their neighbours?

 

People go to jail over less. That is very creepy. And a little disturbing. Those employees need psychological help. For fucks sake one of them was Director of safety and security. 

 

Amen. It dosen;t matter how any individual person reading this feels or would geel, what matters was that it was distressing, and upsetting to those being targeted and a wholly inappropriate use of resources and access by those responsible.

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1 hour ago, valdyrgramr said:

While I don't agree with stalking that's not exactly creepy, and they stole most of those ideas.   There are better methods of traumatizing someone.

when some mysterious person is sending shit to your house dont you wonder what if the next one is a bomb or what if they come to my house to do who knows what to me

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39 minutes ago, valdyrgramr said:

To each their own, but what you find creepy isn't exactly creepy to everyone.   Harassment isn't creepy, but it is illegal.   So is stalking.  Prank ideas they stole from movies isn't exactly original to me nor creepy.

It’s absurd to describe what happened here as prank.

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15 minutes ago, Jet_ski said:

It’s absurd to describe what happened here as prank.

To be fair I did describe some of the actions as “pranks or psych-out items”. It’s hard to describe exactly what they did in a way that doesn’t mitigate the seriousness. 

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57 minutes ago, spartaman64 said:

when some mysterious person is sending shit to your house dont you wonder what if the next one is a bomb or what if they come to my house to do who knows what to me

I don't live in fear or get paranoid as an Odinist, and no I don't always jump to conclusions like that.

 

34 minutes ago, Jet_ski said:

It’s absurd to describe what happened here as prank.

 

17 minutes ago, dalekphalm said:

To be fair I did describe some of the actions as “pranks or psych-out items”. It’s hard to describe exactly what they did in a way that doesn’t mitigate the seriousness. 

I was responding to him calling it that.   But again, most of these are pranks and fear tactics from old movies, but people responding differently and have different views on things like this.   It probably concerns most more than it does me, but as I did mention I am less senstive towards these things for various reasons.   Asperger's Syndrome causes one to respond differently than what is seen as a norm.   Secondly, due to having it and not getting along with "normal" people I've desensitized myself thanks to the darker parts of the internet, history, and so on.   This sort of thing is normal to me while it's far more concerning to you.   To me it's not even original which makes it far less concerning.   

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1 hour ago, valdyrgramr said:

I was responding to him calling it that.   But again, most of these are pranks and fear tactics from old movies, but people responding differently and have different views on things like this.   It probably concerns most more than it does me, but as I did mention I am less senstive towards these things for various reasons.   Asperger's Syndrome causes one to respond differently than what is seen as a norm.   Secondly, due to having it and not getting along with "normal" people I've desensitized myself thanks to the darker parts of the internet, history, and so on.   This sort of thing is normal to me while it's far more concerning to you.   To me it's not even original which makes it far less concerning.   

And to this point, because all things are possible, these shouldn't be wholly surprising. 

Showing disfavor with something is liable to get a reaction. This reaction is less common, but not unheard of.

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3 hours ago, dalekphalm said:

That’s not exactly creepy?

 

For a company’s employees to literally harass a couple and intentionally send pranks or psych-out items to their home - to send embarrassing things intentionally to their neighbours?

 

People go to jail over less. That is very creepy. And a little disturbing. Those employees need psychological help. For fucks sake one of them was Director of safety and security. 

Honestly this looks like something 4chan would do lol. I guess I might be a bad person because I find this more amusing than disturbing. 

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4 hours ago, Kisai said:

eBay (and Paypal) know every place you've ever lived. That's more than your wireless carrier does.

They only know what you've entered into their database. 

 

The real honeypot of personal info as from the three major credit bureaus.

  • Equifax
  • Experian
  • TransUnion 
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3 hours ago, valdyrgramr said:

To each their own, but what you find creepy isn't exactly creepy to everyone.   Harassment isn't creepy, but it is illegal.   So is stalking.  Prank ideas they stole from movies isn't exactly original to me nor creepy.

I hope they sue the f%&k out of them!!! I know I would.

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11 minutes ago, StDragon said:

I hope they sue the f%&k out of them!!! I know I would.

It probably will happen especially since they involved them in a variant of fraud.

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42 minutes ago, Brooksie359 said:

Honestly this looks like something 4chan would do lol. I guess I might be a bad person because I find this more amusing than disturbing. 

It is slightly hilarious.

 

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So what I'm getting from the article, if I shittalk eBay I get free p0rn, some meat for the grinder and a few turds. Well, two out of three

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1 hour ago, CircleTech said:

eBay is a scummy company to begin with. They haven't innovated on anything ecommerce related since 2012, and continue to raise fees and buyer expectations to compete with Amazon, even though eBay buying and selling is a fundamentally different kind of experience than going through Amazon.

 

eBay: Don't try to be something you're not.

Exactly!

 

But, have you looked at Craiglist for PC parts lately? It's absurd what people are asking for! And most of the stuff is junk. I think the only thing worth reasonable value is networking gear. SMH.

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I did not expect someone at eBay to be this awful of a person.

Speaking of FBI, when will they investigate their own breach of privacies?

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1 hour ago, CircleTech said:

Had to comment a second time.

 

Anyone have a link to the article this couple wrote? Would love to read it.

I found their site but not the specific article. It's in the OP.

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7 hours ago, StDragon said:

They only know what you've entered into their database. 

 

The real honeypot of personal info as from the three major credit bureaus.

  • Equifax
  • Experian
  • TransUnion 

Beep, wrong. The real source is Lexisnexis, which both eBay and Paypal use for anti-fraud. I can assure you they use that service unless they suddenly decided not to due to GDPR.

 

The credit bureaus know your address, employer and who you bank with, but eBay and Paypal know every single Address you've ever lived at or logged in from.

 

As it was explained one day "The Fraud team treats certain cities, streets, even buildings as suspect."

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