bogus auction for Altair system on eBay
jack.rubin at ameritech.net
Tue Feb 21 23:40:19 CST 2006
I exchanged several emails today with an eBay seller offering an Altair
system with disk drive for a starting bid of $2 in a one-day auction.
This is a bogus offer - I became uneasy when the seller solicited an
offline offer in response to a query about shipping but insisted on
payment through Western Union rather than PayPal, even though the
orginal auction listed PayPal as a preferred option.
It is interesting to note that the auction I saw this morning (offered
by seller DOCHANDS) was cancelled by eBay almost immediately but the
_identical_ auction (same pictures and extensive text) is currently
(2/21/06 @ 11:31 pm) being offered by two different sellers - as auction
6038449898 by GUNDAN760 and as auction 6038549050 by SHARISINA. It looks
like the "seller" is hijacking legitimate eBay accounts to use as bogus
fronts for his dealings.
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