I, Cringely, columnist for PBS Online, reports that a case of currency-exchange fraud has a group of would-be sellers up in arms. Value of losses? $2,300. Lead suspects? Yantis and IGE. [Edit: This is according to Cringely, not me. The evidence he adduces is suspect, in my opinion.] The fraud seems to rely on the unwillingness of payment services like PayPal to accept the legitimacy of virtual items, a feature (bug?) reported last fall by Julian Dibbell.
On the whole, an unhappily rapid development for those trying to come up with a solid protection for the membrane between games and life.