Ebay SCAM: Criminals making a lot of money selling fake autographs on ebay to unsuspected buyers

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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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25 of 1016 Ebay reviews

Feb 17 #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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Feb 17 #1289586

Part of the problem for consumers is that expert opinions on what's real are just that: opinions

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Feb 09 #1283783

Also on this list. All of my stuff comes from a front line grapher in CA. A decent amount of the stuff I sell I also get certified with PSA/DNA, JSA and now Beckett. On Wayne Bray list some are forgers but not all. Pretty hateful list with little to no proof.

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Tim C

Feb 10 #1284438 Ashburn, Virginia, United States

Herman "the admitted forger" Darvick, former president of the Universal Autograph Collectors Club, was caught forging in public many years ago at one of the UACC shows clearly indicates Darvick is not the sharpest pencil in the case.
Darvick is listed as an authenticator for James Spence Authentication (JSA).
John Reznikoff of University Archives, James Spence, Jr. for James Spence Authentication (JSA), Roger Epperson of REAL - Roger Epperson Authentication Ltd., Steve Grad the principal authenticator for PSA/DNA and now authenticator for Beckett Authentication Services once work for disgraced Mastro Auctions founder Bill Mastro. Now serving time in a federal prison after pleading guilty to various types of fraud from 2002-2009 including an ongoing scheme to run up the prices attained at his auctions through shill bids placed on behalf of the company. Mastro also admitted to trimming the edges of the hobby’s most expensive baseball card, a T206 Honus Wagner graded by PSA. These guys knew *** well what they were doing and allow this to happen. Just to show how crooked they all are. They should be all locked up along side with Bill Mastro and drinking tea in the yard in their orange jumpsuits.
Steve Sipe of Global Authentics LLC is by far the worst company of them all. They mass produce forgeries and put stickers on everything. All you're buying is the certs but not the autographs.
It Doesn’t Have To Be Real, It Just Has To Be Authentic.

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Feb 10 #1284593

Thanks for the cool story. Already knew this info and wasn't defending them. This site is a circle *** trying to put people down.

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Feb 09 #1283710

The collectable industry is full of greedy dealers who will say that things are fake or reduce the estimated value to get possession of these items for themselves and sell at a great profit. Never trust these estimators but go to sell at an auction. Do your own research and get proof.

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Feb 05 #1281927 Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

The mistake is assuming that these experts are infallible. Sure, they can spot most fakes, but that doesn't mean they can spot every fake. These self appointed experts have done an excellent PR job of convincing people that their word is beyond question. If you have an autograph or something else "certified" by one of these people you might have a genuine article or you might just have an extremely high quality fake that was able to fool the "experts".

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Mark Hart

Feb 02 #1280019

Especially in this digital age where everything is online and anybody can see an authentic signature of almost any famous person online. And with a little practice, 9-10 forgers can do a decent job.

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Jake Miller

Feb 01 #1279949 Los Angeles, California, United States

Most autographs out there are fakes unless you or someone you know gets them in person. A (COA) certificates of authenticity doesn't mean anything. Anyone can make one. If you are going to buy one online, make sure it's from a site like Upper Deck and not from a seller on ebay selling a Homer J. Simpson autograph with a Homer J. Simpson COA. You're guarantee to get a fake!

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Joey Caruso

Feb 01 #1279942 Los Angeles, California, United States

This report is 100% true. Guys like these are crooks. They prey on the people who aren't inform on the dark side of the autograph business. This industry is all about money. Back in 1999, Operation Bullpen was the biggest forgery scam in American history www.fbi.gov/sandiego/about-us/history/operation-bullpen So who are you going to believe...the com men or the FBI?

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Wayne Bray

Jan 14 #1271026 San Marcos, California, United States

more names added to the list of known autograph forgers on ebay: 123ingry, 19mvc90, 2015.kole, 2nddecksports, 2paclasvegas, 604jrod36, acc.collectiblezllc, acegoofy82, alexisned, allamericanmemorabilia, allthosegraphs, aloangloe, alsid, andeepo, angelicaelizabeth, anythingandeverything74, armslikepythons5, atticfound, au-butme, authenticautographsandstuff, authenticautographscompany, authenticz2012, autographdog4, autographed-memorabilia, autographmemoriestsc, autographslm, autographsmadeasy, autographsuit, autohouse815, avhast2, azgoodguys, b5afruc, bestfindz12, bestinpersonautographs, bid4something, billyc8080, blutoscollectibles, bobmcfadden2727, boylatino25, bringsale, ca_novelties, californiadreamin4me, canadiancollections77, candidmemories, canyoncitycollectibles, cardboardlegendsonline, cdclocks4all, celebritychaser1990, celstop, certauthcollectibles, chacanno, chalice11stuart, chaoticdopey, chiller1127, chitwnballer23, chucksclassicphotos, cmgraphs, collectingstuf, collectnuts!!, collectpluz, commanderken2142, coopertown2016, corbin52, coriander_jones, craigerocksngemz, cristalraindrops, crjsr9, ct0och, cubs1734, davesgraphs, dcautographs, dejavugallery-6137, disndattoys, dizzylizzycc, donntopa2ewazy, double-down-market, draftking59, elitesignaturesinc, ellicru, emilyandemma2016, empresstreasures, esquiredeals, fameautographs, fandom-fotos, fantasystore2014, fantreasures, filmfanatix, flcollector2014, fmar5207, foreverhollywood, fotopal, fotostarr, found889,... Show more

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Dec 10, 2016 #1253133 Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada

Funny. I'm one of the sellers listed on here and everything I sell is 100% authentic. This article is just some seller trying to hurt thier competition

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Jan 26 #1276934 Saint Petersburg, Florida, United States

I believe so too. I have even heard of stories of people who would either report or resort to buying from their competitors just to leave negative feedback to make themselves look better. If I remember it correctly I bought items from 3-4 sellers mentioned by Wayne Bray in his list & they all passed a third party authenticator (JSA in particular) that I submitted to.

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