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eBay is to introduce new measures to stop hoax bids at its online auction house. Customers will have to register their credit card details before making bids of $5,000 or above, according to CNET. eBay will excommunicate anyone caught making hoax bids. The move is designed to put an end to spoof bids and it's hoped this new measure will deter would-be hoaxers.

A spokeswoman for eBay in Britain said the new conditions only applied to the US, although she didn't rule out the idea that they could be introduced at a later date. She said prank bids were mainly a "US phenomena...it's not really a UK problem".

While it may be laudable that eBay is clamping down on fake bids, the company has yet to find a solution that prevents vital organs/babies/marijuana/Carole Vorderman and other items from being put up for sale. ®

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