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Stolen property policy

Selling stolen property is against the law and we will contact law enforcement if an attempt is made to list stolen property on our site.

We'll also support any investigation of sellers who violate this policy.

Frequently Asked Questions

 

What do I do if I see stolen property on eBay?

If you have reason to believe that stolen property is being listed on eBay, we ask that you contact local law enforcement and have them contact us via our Law Enforcement Center - opens in new window or tab .

If you ask a law enforcement official to contact us, please request that they include information that appears on the listing page. This will help us to identify the listing.

A listing has violated my intellectual property rights. What should I do?

If you think your intellectual property rights have been violated on eBay, you can view our article on Intellectual property and the VeRO program. You can send us a detailed report from there and we'll look into it.

Read our full policy

Stolen property policy overview

The sale of stolen property violates state, federal, and international law, and we notify law enforcement of any attempts to sell stolen property on our site. We also support the investigation and prosecution of sellers who violate this policy.

Make sure your listing follows these guidelines. If it doesn't, it may be removed, and you may be subject to a range of other actions, including limits of your buying and selling privileges and suspension of your account.

What to do if you see stolen property on eBay

If you see stolen property on eBay, please contact local law enforcement - opens in new window or tab immediately. The law enforcement agency should then contact us using our Law Enforcement Center - opens in new window or tab and tools reserved for law enforcement officials.

A law enforcement official contacting us should include all relevant information, including the case number and any item numbers or user IDs. This information appears on the listing page.

What are the guidelines?

Not allowed Not allowed

Here are some examples of items that are not allowed on eBay:

  • Items stolen from private individuals
  • Property taken without authorization from companies or governments
 

If you think your intellectual property rights have been violated: Find out more about our Verified Rights Owner (VeRO) program.

 

Why does eBay have this policy?

We urge sellers and buyers to comply with all government laws and regulations. Selling stolen items is against the law, and we don't allow these items on eBay.

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