I ordered a Nikon D700 last week from a reputable seller with positive feedback from thousands of buyers. Everything looked good except the price which was nearly a thousand dollars less than you would expect. Not listening to my own advice from an earlier post on camera scams, I ignored the “If its too good to be true then it probably is” rule. And sure enough, it was bogus. After ordering, I received an email politely asking if I would mind paying by western union rather than PayPal. Luckily, as I wasn’t smoking crack I didn’t send the money and will be getting a full PayPal refund. Its still an annoying waste of time. The fuller story has emerged and it seems the seller was not aware these items were listed using there account. Its not clear if someone hacked in through the users account and listed these items but it seems the most likely.
The lesson here? If you’ve got some advice that you believe in and give regularly to other people, you should follow it yourself!