Although eBay refused to act when we reported the shill bidding patterns of 1079edmund, it seems Trading Standards take a much more serious view. A Yorkshire seller faces up to £50,000 fines for bidding up his own items using different eBay accounts. 'Shill bidding' is standard practice for some antiques sellers on eBay. If you think you've been the victim of shill bidding, complain to your local Trading Standards Office! The full story below:
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