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Monday, March 12, 2007
Fake props being sold as real on eBay
A certain seller has taken to offering replica props as real ones on eBay. You can see the seller's current offerings here. Check out their previous auctions here to see why this is so obviously a scam. He has multiple copies of each prop.
Read his auction descriptions:
"This is a prop used on Star Trek Voyager, it is a rare piece to get hold of and comes with a letter of COA."
And on the 5 Voyager Doctor holo-emitters he auctioned off:
"THIS IS A PROP FROM THE SHOW WITH A LETTER OF AUTHENTICITY"
Offering an obvious replica with a Certificate of Authenticity and not mentioning it is a replica is an obvious attempt to rip people off by making them think the auction is for a real screen-used prop. Obviously most people know these are replicas, but enough don't to drive the price up into the $ 200 range.
(and thanks to Dr. Watson for supplying the information exposing this scam!)
HOW TO REPORT FRAUD TO EBAY
1) Go to the bottom of the item page. Click on "Report this item"
2) In Step 1 click on "Fraudulent Listings"
3) In Step click "You suspect a listing is fraudulent you didn't bid.
4) Click "Continue"
5) Under "Contact Customer Support" Click "Email us"
6) The item number fills itself in. Just add an explanation of why the item is a fraud.