What is the penalty for shill bidding?

Shill bidding is when anyone—including family, friends, roommates, employees, or online connections—bids on an item with the intent to artificially increase its price or desirability.

  • Shill bidding is illegal in many locations, and forbidden on Tophatter.
  • If we detect shill bidding from your account, the attempt will be blocked and will not contribute to advancement of a bid.
  • Accounts involved in shill bidding will be subject to a range of penalties, including suspension of buying and selling privileges and outright cancellation.
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