The online auctioneer eBay has admitted an "extreme growth" in the number of personal accounts being hijacked by fraudsters. eBay is by far the world leader in online auctions Criminals are obtaining the secret passwords of eBay subscribers and using their sites to conduct bogus auctions for non-existent goods. In a growing number of cases, would-be buyers on the UK's most used website are paying thousands of pounds to apparently reputable sellers after winning auctions on the site - only to find out they had been dealing with criminals. In an interview with Radio 5 Live, eBay would not reveal exactly how many accounts had been hijacked, although a company spokesman refused to deny that possibly tens of thousands had been compromised. Source: news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/4533154.stm Thank God that a good friend of mine from Uk said that I should not use e-Bay for buying stuff. I guess that the problem here is with the paying method. If they are using a payment method where both parts are required a proper authentification then, at least, you know where your money went and the authorities can find the criminal.