Auction Fraud at Center of FBI & Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) Annual Report for 2009

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) issued their Annual Report a few months ago. Among the highlights is that auction fraud - a frequent topic in the hobby of collecting original television and movie props and wardrobe - was reported to make up one of four complaints made to the organization. … [Read more...]

Auction Fraud at Center of FBI & Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) Annual Report for 2008

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) issued their Annual Report a few months ago.  Among the highlights is that auction fraud - a frequent topic in the hobby of collecting original television and movie props and wardrobe - was reported to make up one of four complaints made to the organization. … [Read more...]

AntiqueWeek Feature on “Global Antiques”

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The latest edition of AntiqueWeek includes a front page feature by Eric C. Rodenberg on the Global Antiques props sold on eBay by Auction Depot LA, Auction Shop USA, and Historic Souvenirs.  Per their website, AntiqueWeek has "the largest paid circulation of any antiques and collectibles newspaper in the United States".  The full story can be read online at antiqueweek.com - … [Read more...]

More From the Los Angeles Times: “Scammers Exploit Online Trust Factor”

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David Colker of the Los Angeles Times has written a follow-up story to Harriet Ryan's piece published on the front page Wednesday (see Los Angeles Times Feature on Global Antiques, Thoughts on Los Angeles Times "Global Antiques" Feature).  The new article, "Scammers exploit online trust factor", opens quoting the core value that eBay was founded on - "people are basically good" … [Read more...]

Thoughts on Los Angeles Times “Global Antiques” Feature

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I wanted to share some thoughts and reactions to this week's feature in the Los Angeles Times about the "Global Antiques" auctions on eBay.  Overall, I am very pleased to see the issue presented to a huge audience, and I think the reporter, Ms. Ryan, did an excellent job of giving voice and perspective to a wide array of principals and relevant third parties.  My interest is to … [Read more...]

Los Angeles Times Feature on “Global Antiques”

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Tomorrow's edition of the Los Angeles Times includes a feature by Harriet Ryan on the Global Antiques props sold on eBay by Auction Depot LA, Auction Shop USA, and Historic Souvenirs.  The full story can be read online at latimes.com - "Internet citizen posses investigate some sellers" - also archived below: … [Read more...]

Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) Releases 2007 Report

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The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) released it's 2007 Internet Crime Report last week. The IC3 is a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C), and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA). Per their webpage: … [Read more...]

Internet Crime Complaint Center

I thought the Internet Crime Complaint Center would be a potentially important resource for any original prop collector that becomes a victim of fraud. Given that significant dollar amounts are typically at risk in hobby-related transactions, and communication and/or payment usually involve the Internet, this is a valuable resource to be aware of. … [Read more...]