The online auction world is mostly populated by honest citizens eager for bargains, collectibles, hobby items, and repair parts. Unfortunately, technology-savvy criminals also see online auctions as an opportunity to steal money or merchandise or both. Sellers must stay on guard against schemes while giving good service to legitimate bidders. You cannot rely on “gut instincts” or “an honest face” on the Internet. To keep your business safe, you must practice common sense and make use of the available seller-protection features.