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Stolen property policy

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.

If you see stolen property on eBay, please contact local law enforcement immediately. The law enforcement agency should then contact us using our Law Enforcement Center 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 state and federal law, and we don't allow these items on eBay.

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