Bidding for Trouble?
The white poodle should have been a tip-off. Antiques dealer Thomas Perry had taken a picture of a giant antique teak ship’s wheel outside his gallery in Chester, Conn., and offered it for sale on his One of a Kind Antiques Web site. It added to the charm of the photo that Buffalo, his poodle, had wandered into the shot. But then Perry’s photo popped up on eBay, the online auction site. Someone was offering his ship’s wheel for sale, using his written description — and his poodle. Perry had been a seller on the Internet auction site, but he was about to be dragged into the increasingly murky world of Internet auction fraud. Full Story