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EcommerceBytes-NewsFlash, Number 246 - January 25, 2002 - ISSN 1539-5065    1 of 2

Swindled eBayers Take Matters Into their Own Hands

By Ina Steiner
January 25, 2002

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About 50 frustrated laptop buyers who say they were bilked by the same eBay seller banded together to track down the alleged swindler. The LA Times chronicles this interesting manhunt. http://www.latimes.com/technology/la-000006012jan24.story

The article highlights the problems that online auction users face in the area of online fraud. Yesterday's AuctionBytes Newsflash reported on the FTC release that online auction fraud was the number 2 consumer fraud-related complaint (http://www.auctionbytes.com/cab/abn/y02/m01/i24/s01), and last week's AuctionBytes-Update contained a story about fraud on eBay, "Ripped Off on eBay - The Case of Mr X" (http://www.auctionbytes.com/cab/abu/y202/m01/abu0062/s04). Part 2 of the series will appear in the February 3rd issue.

To view a discussion about online-auction fraud on the AuctionBytes Discussion Forum, go to: http://www.auctionbytes.com/forum/phpBB/viewtopic.php?topic=209&forum=3&0

About the author:

Ina Steiner is co-founder and Editor of EcommerceBytes and has been reporting on ecommerce since 1999. She's a widely cited authority on marketplace selling and is author of "Turn eBay Data Into Dollars" (McGraw-Hill 2006). Her blog was featured in the book, "Blogging Heroes" (Wiley 2008). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to ina@ecommercebytes.com.

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