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Nokia N91 - eBay Fraud

 Fraud The Nokia N91 is a fabulous handset, but it's not out until 2006. So, why exactly are there dozens of auctions on eBay for a handset that isn't out yet?

Well, simply put - it's fraud. The Nokia N91 handsets listed do not exist, and the accounts advertising them are either hacked or just newly registered in order to rip off buyers. Alarmingly, many buyer are taken in by these frauds and are prepared to put up large sums of money for products that will never turn up.

 Nokia N91 There are several tell-tale signs that you can look for with these fraudulent listings - apart from the fact that the N91 isn't out yet. For example, a seller might have positive feedback, but is there any evidence in their transaction and feedback history that they have ever sold mobile phones before? After all, some of these listing are promising 20+ brand new handsets.. that's serious money, and any seller who is advertising that quantity of product should have a clearly visible history of selling this kind of item.

Another obvious sign is to look for an email address or other contact data in the listing. A typical approach is to use a Hotmail or Yahoo account, or some other free email provider and ask the seller to "contact them before bidding". This typically happens this way because the account has been hacked, and the scammers don't have access to the original sender's mailbox. It also means that eBay can't offer you any protection when you inevitably get ripped off.

Until the Nokia N91 is officially released - and that will be in the new year 2006 - all eBay listings should be counted as fraud. This is not the first time it has happened either, the Nokia 9500, 7710 and Sony Ericsson P910i were all targetted by fraudsters in the same way.

If you see one of these fraudulent listings, you should report it. At the bottom of each eBay page is a link labelled Security Center (US), Safety Centre (UK), Security Centre (Canada, Australia). You will need to know the item number of the fraudulent auction (it's a 10 digit number). Each eBay site then has an easy-to-follow process where you can report the listing that violates eBay's policies.. and hopefully get the scammers shut down!

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