Vaguely related, here's an article from the Detroit Free Press (word to my former coworker Terry Shropshire, though he's in Atlanta now) about police abusing their confidential-database privileges. And, perhaps more closely-related, an MSNBC article about Ebay plasma tv scams. A quote from a Slashdot post I'm especially fond of:
"If you want payment protection, use some kind of service that offers it! Like... I dunno... credit cards. I don't mean credit cards through a third service, like Western Union or someone. I mean... buy from companies that accept VISA. Oh, it's more expensive? Guess why."
"Some companies, like psycho ex-boyfriends, tend to see relationships where they don't exist,"--Chris Murray, legislative counsel, Consumers Union.