what do you think of this article:
The Safest Way to Search for an Agent by Victoria Strauss
sounds like pretty reasonable advice to me.
And of course the exact people who should be reading it closely and following it ...aren't.
and from the comments column comes the link to their blog which I have also put on my blog roll. These two are fabu. Anytime you have folks getting threatened by scammers you KNOW they are doing good work.