"Perhaps ebay is doing a better job policing their website than we are giving them credit for."
Not really - they crop up constantly. As soon as one batch is shut down another batch appears, usually on a highjacked account. Really, would a seller called "twosoccermoms" that has never sold a camera before suddenly have a huge stock of PL-mounted Zeiss lenses, and Aaton kits, and Leicas and Hasselblads, all with the same $10 opening bid, and request payment in British Pounds?
Last week, on a lark, I contacted one of these scammers, innocently asking if I could do a "Buy It Now" deal on the Aaton he had advertised. I got this response:
----- Original Message -----
From: "phones phones"
Sent: Thursday, November 30, 2006 5:26 PM
Subject: Re: Aaton camera
>I am ready to ship the camera.
> These are my payment details:
> Martin Corner
> 168 Highgate Road
> NW5 1QS
> Mail me the payment details from Western Union:
> -sender's name and address:
> -MTCN(money transfer control no.)
> I will ship the phones immediately after that
>>From: "IDX C1 Sherman Oaks"
>>Subject: Re: Aaton camera
>>Date: Thu, 30 Nov 2006 16:52:18 -0800
>>Okay how do I pay?
>>----- Original Message ----- From: "phones phones"
>>Sent: Wednesday, November 29, 2006 3:57 PM
>>Subject: RE: Aaton camera
>>>The buy it now price is 800 euro .Look the camera is in mint
>>>and come in original box with all accesories.
>>>>From: "IDX C1 Sherman Oaks"
>>>>Subject: Aaton camera
>>>>Date: Wed, 29 Nov 2006 15:55:58 -0800
>>>>Would you do a buy it now?
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Now here's a question: Is anyone out there in London? Any chance of checking out this address on Highgate Road? I'm curious if it's a residence, a cybercafe, or what.