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CROOKS have hijacked hundreds of sales of luxury items from online auction giant eBay.
The villains hacked into accounts of sellers and - by editing their web pages - asked buyers to contact a private email address to "buy now" at bargain prices.
It was last night feared that hundreds of buyers had been duped into sending large amounts of money over the weekend to crooks pretending to be sellers.
A list of eBay sellers containing names, addresses, and user names and passwords was discovered online this week. On Tuesday, eBay users began buzzing about the list in a thread entitled, "Is eBay like the Titanic" on the eBay Trust & Safety board, with someone including a link to the list.
eBay removed the link, according to eBay spokesperson Hani Durzy. "The link was taken down for obvious reasons. The boards are not to be used to promote illegal activities," he said. But the remaining posts made it clear users remained concerned and angry.