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Stolen property and property with removed serial numbers policy
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Policy overview

We don't allow the sale of stolen property on eBay because it violates state, federal, and international law. We also strongly support efforts by law enforcement to investigate attempts to sell stolen property on our site. If we see this activity taking place, we'll proactively notify law enforcement and help in their efforts to investigate and prosecute members who violate this policy.

We also don't allow members to list items with altered or removed identification numbers (serial numbers).

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.

If you see stolen property on eBay or items with missing or altered serial numbers, please contact local law enforcement immediately and ask them to contact us using our form reserved for law enforcement officials. Under eBay's privacy policy, our attorneys will provide important records about pending and past listings in response to an official request from law enforcement officials.
When the law enforcement official contacts us, ask that he or she include all relevant information, including the case number and any item numbers or user IDs. This information appears on the listing page.
Please don't use the law enforcement form to contact us unless you are a law enforcement official.

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

  • A television set with a missing or completely removed serial number

  • A DVD player with some of the digits in its serial number altered

If you think another eBay member has stolen your item descriptions or pictures:  See our images and text policy.

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 and items with removed or altered serial numbers is against state and federal law, and we don't allow these items on eBay.

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