Buying Gold or Silver Bullion

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I have almost been caught out twice recently by fraudulent scum. 

In the first instance, I bid on a Krugerrand, but became a bit wary and stopped bidding. 
The buyer who won placed one bid above mine, and got (he/she thought) a bargain for 
less than 1/3rd of the market price. 

My wariness was confirmed when I got a SECOND CHANCE OFFER from the fraudster! 

I then checked COMPLETED LISTINGS worldwide, and found exactly the same listing, 
with the same pic, that had ended 2 weeks previously in America.

The second time was tonight (hence this "guide").

This time I bid on a Perth Mint Nugget. 
After looking at his feedback of 15, I realised that he had only been a member for a few months, 
and only had one feedback for a sale. 
Again I checked COMPLETED LISTINGS, and this time I found it was lifted from a Darwin listing 
that ended a week ago, right down to a cropped photo of the same nugget 
(cropped to remove the original sellers ID).
Thankfully, I have been outbid, but I will feel sorry for the winner.

I have reported it to eBay Customer Support ...

The lessons to take from this,

* check sellers feedback
* check how long seller has been on eBay
* CHECK COMPLETED LISTINGS for similar items

Regards, and Good Luck
Allan.
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