I've sold about 8 laptops on ebay ranging from $1200 to $1900 as well as other electronic items that were priced over 1k and have yet to get scammed (knock on wood). I've too had my share of fake emails from Africa and fake escrow sites. To avoid getting scammed, I always state in my auctions in bold letters that I will only ship to the US and the addresses have to be Paypal confirmed. I only accept paypal and always use the buy it now with immediate payment. If the buyer is not confirmed, paypal will give you the option of not accepting the payment.