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Hundreds of millions of dollars worth of fakes and forgeries are sold every year through online auction site and websites.It is the prefer method for the forgers to peddle their fakes.

Low risk, high rewards! At most they will get a slap on the wrist with a few months in jail or no jail time with just probation and get away with thousands and thousands of dollars from the scam. ACG (Autograph Consulting Group) has been tracking fakes for about three years and uncover an increase in autograph forgeries being advertised for sale on ebay, amazon, craigslist, ioffer, and countless other websites including sears.com. We have partnered with many sports figures and celebrities to identify forgeries.

FBI statistics show that over 75 percent of autographs sold online are fake. Unless you sat there and watched the individual sign the item, then there is no 100% certainty. It does’t matter if it is Global Authentics LLC, JSA, Beckett Authentication Services, PSA/DNA certificate they show you, or a small piece of paper from the seller that says, "This item is real." Many of these fraudsters produce Certificates of Authenticity (COA), which are also fake. Many of the country’s largest sports authenticators have also been caught selling forgeries.

Many of them claim to be experts in the field, but yet have no formal training or experience in detecting forgeries. The bottom line is this. If you didn’t see the person personally sign you photo or ball, assume it is fake until you have proven otherwise. Not all autographs all created equal.

Just because it's on ebay don't assume it's real. Ebay said it is not a traditional auctioneer overseeing what is bought and sold; rather, it is a venue or platform with "no control over the quality, safety or legality of the items", as the company's user agreement states. ACG worked hard to check the reliability of its facts and its sources. And now, without more ado, here we reveal the names of known forgers on ebay, which is the most popular place to list your fakes.

10marerm9, 19mvc90, 2015.kole, 2paclasvegas, 604jrod36, acegoofy82, alexisned, allamericanmemorabilia, allthosegraphs, aloangloe, alsid, angelicaelizabeth, aprudom, atticfound, authenticz2012, autographdog4, autographed-memorabilia, autographslm, autographsuit, autohouse815, avhast2, b5afruc, bestfindz12, bid4something, billyc8080, blutoscollectibles, bobmcfadden2727, boylatino25, bringsale, californiadreamin4me, canadiancollections77, candidmemories, cardboardlegendsonline, celebritychaser1990, celstop, chalice11stuart, chaoticdopey, chucksclassicphotos, cmgraphs, collectingstuf, collectnuts!!, collectpluz, coopertown2016, corbin52, coriander_jones, craigerocksngemz, cristalraindrops, crjsr9, ct0och, cubs1734, davesgraphs, dcautographs, dejavugallery-6137, disndattoys, donntopa2ewazy, double-down-market, draftking59, ellicru, emilyandemma2016, esquiredeals, fameautographs, fantasystore2014, fantreasures, filmfanatix, flcollector2014, fmar5207, foreverhollywood, fotopal, found889, funfirstz, gameclock32, garagepixie, gemwild2, glebzhemchug, globalsportsgallery, goodsafe2, grannysatticflorida, greatbuyautographs, greatstone, guitarz71-us, haystackfarmer, headlinestore, hollywood-joes-memorabilia, hollywoodhotspot, hollywoodmemorabilia14, hollywoodsbestautos, hollywoodsigns2012, hubbs926, huklbery231, inkednurse713, ipaeg, jacquay, jamerapti0, jamierenee.1111, jammycustard, jan-t0zcgq, jchon714, jdmjeeriko, jgh0st, jillianss02, jkgallery, jkpjlp, johhan-zoqm2f, jojosnook, jonk0369, joshhor89, k.m.c.ink, katickrazy101, kingscourtautographs, koolfindz, koolphinds, kykards, letmefindpeacelord, lfschultz, lmd_collectibles, lotsofitemstosale, lpvillers, lvromusic74, marhirom_0, markandmaryforever, marlysd-2012, marvey890, mcallday7, memorabiliaink, memorezz, milcity-collectibles, morestuffsold, moviestar1015, muno_travi, nathan360us, outlaw_hobbies, photosuit, pinkmusickid75, pixelcollective, pleasesignmyshiznit, podiru2014, polepositionsignatures2013, pollyqz, ponetogy, popstarmemorabiliavip, prarie_nerd, precfigs, premiumautographs, quagmire-hobby-central, questfoto, rain-mcca, rainescornergifts, ramir.xioma, rareluv3, raretrender, rayz302, rcauthentics, realatxgraphs, rexall52pup, rhodeislandautographs, rologiggsy, rothlock13, rounders34, ruscmich, saigon03, salesbing6, salezoff, saleztopp, samnd1967, selllowfosho, seventhsbest7, signatureauctions, signatureauthentic, signatures4acause2014, signaturezz, signop, silverscreensignatures, sizzlindealsllc, skywalker1a, socalpacificdivision310, somereallygreatitems, sout-bhow, sp-hockeymom, spinningtotem716, sportfunspot, stalicali, starpics4u, starstruck_05, stcp2126, stellajp, storygemz, stylinjess-2012, surfshack700, sweetfindz1, sweetmemories4u2, tbautographs, team_america_hits, ten*dollar*general, terr-kol, the-a-plus-factor, the6thwonder, theautographkingpin, thegoldenticket-foryou, therotation360, thisisnothollywood, timuserg, tinseltown_graphs, toggypop, tokmaus, toomuchstuff-13, topitemz5, topsignedbooks, tristar-belfast, trustz1, usgilbe_jgv5vsnlg, uwseahawk-123, varietysports, weinsjenni, westschu, whywouldntyou, wicfer.tm1z0, willmaketime4u, windsorcollectibles, wonsomez2, worldsales24, wowfindz, ws2est7, wynwoodauctions Boycott these sellers on ebay. They are stealing business away from legit companies and dealers who venture out in the real world and spent countless hours upon hours getting the names you desire in person.

Fans who do not have the money to spend on autographs can write to their favorite stars and get free autographs at www.fanmail.biz With that being said, ebay can do the right thing and shutdown the autograph category listing on Black Friday and the problem will go away.Happy Thanksgiving!

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Anonymous
Chicago, Illinois, United States #1331157

Ways to Stop a Forger

Many of the collectors I have communicated with over the years have a simple question: “How do I stop a forger?”

“Do you know who in law enforcement to contact regarding current forgers?I recently identified an eBay seller who has been active for over a decade with thousands upon thousands of sales – and his products are excellent forgeries.

He is fooling even well-informed collectors, and I do not know what to do.”

Honest collectors see fakes being peddled in cyberspace, and they want to stop it. But how? How do you put a forger and his confederates out of business and preferably even behind bars?

Here are 10 tips that can help you in this regard:

1. Contact law enforcement Your local police or sheriff’s department, an FBI field office, the investigative arm of the Postal Service – these are all law enforcement agencies that could potentially investigate a forger and his ring of associates, including counterfeit memorabilia dealers and bogus authenticators.

It may seem an obvious recommendation, but this is where you need to start. 2. Gather your facts To be sure, in this era of declining government budgets and grave public safety threats such as terrorism, it is not going to be easy to interest the cops or the FBI with a fraudulent memorabilia problem. They’ve got a bunch of other things on their plate.

You must be able to show the authorities that you have truly been ripped off. Mere...

Find allies you can trust Unless you have serious connections with higher-ups in law enforcement, your case in and of itself may not be enough to interest the law, even if you feel you’ve got a slam-dunk against the forgers. But if you know two or three other people who have also been ripped off in this way, and they have the evidence to back up their claims as well, that becomes a little harder for authorities to ignore. The greater the monetary damage, and the more victims there are, increases your chances of getting action. 4.

Try eBay If you think somebody has done you wrong on eBay, the site recommends that you first go down to your local police station and file a report with them. The report will ask you for details of your case – date and time of the offense, what was involved in the transaction, printed e-mails you may have exchanged with the seller, copies of his eBay web pages and other relevant information. If the police agree that what you have here is indeed a crime, they will then contact eBay, which will provide information and assist the authorities in their investigation. 5.

Be persistent Anyone who has ever dealt with eBay or law enforcement knows that the wheels of justice can grind slowly, very slowly. And sometimes, it is true, they can grind not at all. Should the police take your case, they will supply you with a “crime reference number.” Hang on to it because you will need to refer to it when you call the station for updates on the progress of your case, if any progress is being made at all. 6.

Don’t get discouraged As every collector knows, the number of times that forgers and counterfeiters are busted is miniscule compared to the number of forgeries that appear on any given day on eBay. That’s no reason to throw in the towel, though. High-profile busts of fraud merchants still do occur. Despite the constraints of time, money and resources, the feds still investigate the crooks and really do want to put them away.

Support them when they do. 7. Let the athlete or his representatives know what’s going on Muhammad Ali, Yogi Berra and many other retired professional athletes make money from signing autographs and selling memorabilia, and some of them depend on it quite heavily as a source of income. If you know about people who are making or selling forgeries of their autographs, tell the athlete and/or his representatives.

They are going to be very interested in what you have to say and may reach out to the authorities as well. 8. Support the whistle blowers There are many people out there – on YouTube, blogs, periodicals and websites such as this one, legitimate collectors and memorabilia firms, TV and radio, and newspaper reporters such as Michael O’Keeffe of the New York Daily News – who are genuinely disgusted with the forgers and counterfeiters who plague the collecting hobby. And they’re doing something about it by exposing them when they can.

Tune into what they’re doing and perhaps even do a little whistle-blowing yourself. 9. Keep it in perspective The FBI estimates that counterfeiters rip off the American public to the tune of $100 million a year. The fact is though, nobody, including the FBI, knows the real extent of the problem.

It may be more or less than that. But don’t let the rip-offs spoil your enjoyment of the hobby.

Few people in America know more about autograph forgeries than retired FBI agent John Ferreira, who acted as the undercover agent in Operation Bullpen and helped break up the ring.He has been a collector all his life and still loves it.

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Anonymous
to foulball #1346344

I have just had items arrive from ebay seller "ultrastylenow" that are clearly not singed by the celebrities as claimed.I messaged to say i would be returning them to which i was told go ahead but they were real.

I said thankyou i would contact ebay in the morning to get things going officially and immediately i got a reply that my money was refunded.Odd behavior for what he still insists are genuine!

Anonymous
to foulball Boston, Massachusetts, United States #1354239

You can be sure, the reports are true. In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes. I

Anonymous
Brooklyn, New York, United States #1318959

The Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival begins April 21 and run through April 30.Go check out the short documentary film 'The Counterfeiter' that explores how the FBI brought down the largest autograph forgeries in U.S.

history featuring forger Greg Marino who forged a million autographs. And he will tell you how he did it and why your certs and COAs today provide a false sense of security that your autograph is absolutely guaranteed to be 100 percent fake.

Before you make an expensive purchase online, you might wanna reconsider after watching this.

Press Contact

Jennifer Cingari Christie

ESPN

New York, NY 10023

Phone: 646-547-5840 jennifer.j.cingari@espn.com

Anonymous
San Diego, California, United States #1311276

there's a sucker born every minute.

that's only way to explain the

huge number og suckers that

keep the fake ebay autograph

alive for the past 22 years

Anonymous
#1308743

Anyone who ever purchase something from any sellers mention in this report should demand their money back from the forgers or file criminal charges against them.If they do not comply, this report going to open a flood gate to another FBI investigation and ebay going to start giving out names & addresses.

I did.I got my money back and kept their forgeries as evidence in case they pull against scam one another unsuspected victim I'll go directly to the police.

Anonymous
#1305614

the autographs on ebay is so bad that it is no longer a question of 'let the buyer beware,' but, rather, let the buyer have their head examined.

Anonymous
#1301262

Ebay is a place with a lot of legitimate sellers and a lot of bad guys. So buyer beware!

Anonymous
#1292506

I have been sounding the alarm for years.The future of the autograph business is at stake if the scandal-stained industry doesn’t clean up its act.

Legislators will impose onerous regulations on ebay or the state attorney general in each of the 50 U.S. states will need to shutdown the ebay autograph market. The FBI’s previous memorabilia investigations, Operation Foul Ball and Operation Bullpen, targeted forgers who flooded the memorabilia market with millions of dollars worth of bogus athlete and celebrity autographs. Just the past year, all members of the Ohio forgery ring pleaded guilty for the

ebay sports autograph fraud that cheated 25,000 people out of more than $2-million.

There are more forger rings like this out there.

You see where this is going.Consumers are not willing to put up with this any more.

Anonymous
#1289615

Ebay sellers like that know they are thousands of wannabe autograph collectors and suckers on Ebay.

Ebay loves sellers like that.

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