I was looking for a Samsung D600 the other day and I was rather surprised to find that a large number of them seemed to be selling for several thousand pounds.
After my initial surprise I delved in a bit deeper and apparently this is another scam originating from the internet cafes of West Africa.
Apparently what happens is that someone sets up two eBay ID which are used to bid against each other to bid an item up to a ridiculous level. A third, “good cop” ID will then be used to sympathise with the predicament in which that has placed the seller and suggest that they do a transaction offline, using unsafe method such as Western Union.
This is a numbers game with the perpertrators running multiple scams at the same time hoping that one will work out. What worries me is with the huge volume and variety of scams out there, even the most vigilent will be caught out eventually
Thanks to Christian Braun for letting me know about this