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Some Things Are Not What They Seem

I sometimes suspect that more fraud is perpetrated on eBay than everywhere else in the world, combined. That’s probably an exaggeration – but not by much. Some of it is pretty straightforward – counterfeit memory cards, for example, or fake “designer” clothing. Some of it, though, is a bit stranger. Among the odder – and, to many people, less visible – bits of fraud going on the online auction site are the jewelry and gemstone listing. I’m really not exaggerating things when I say that roughly half of all the jewelery auctions – and maybe as much as seventy-five percent of gemstone auctions – are knowingly, willingly misrepresented. You’d think the scams there would be fairly obvious, but you’d be wrong.
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Published in: Geekiness, General | on January 14th, 2009 | 1 Comment »