British man fined over fake eBay auctions

A man has been fined £3,000 and ordered to carry out 250 hours community service after fixing an online auction on eBay.Paul Barrett, 39 and from County Durham, became the first person to be convicted of shill bidding in April.That’s when online sellers bid on their own items to artificially bump up the price or get friends and family to do it for them. see:EBay shill bidder fined £3,500
A man has been fined £3,500 and ordered to undertake 250 hours of community service after bidding on items he had listed for sale on eBay to drive up the price. It was the first prosecution in the UK for the practice known as shill bidding.Paul Barrett, 39, increased the price of the items he was selling on the auction site by bidding on them under a separate username. In April he pleaded guilty to 11 charges under consumer protection laws. He was sentenced at Bradford Crown Court yesterday.

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