WPIX-TV (PIX11) News Feature: “NJ’s Attorney General Closes Case of Fraudulent Memorabilia”

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Tribune Broadcasting’s New York flagship station, WPIX-TV (PIX11) in New Jersey, recently published a news report about the Bergen County Prosecutor's office auctioning off memorabilia seized in 2007 - memorabilia that Prosecutor John Molinelli was warned  included fake autographs.  The report claims that a prior report revealed that the prosecutor's office made false … [Read more...]

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...]

eBay’s “kellysheroesmilitaria” No Longer A Registered User

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The account of "kellysheroesmilitaria" has been suspended on eBay, showing a status of "No longer a registered user" and "Not a registered user" (also known as "NARU").  … [Read more...]

The “Production Protection Program” (“P-3”): Retired?

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Based on the transfer of ownership of Elstree Props (see Elstree Props, New Ownership, Announcement On Redesigned Website) and a near complete lack of evidence of it ever having been on the Internet, it appears that the "Production Protection Program", or "P-3", has been retired. … [Read more...]

Anatomy of an “Original” Movie Prop Certificate of Authenticity (kellysheroesmilitaria Update 7)

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This is a follow-up to previous articles (see kellysheroesmilitaria Original Props..., Update 1, Update 2, Update 3, Update 4, Update 5, Update 6) in which "original prop" auctions by "kellysheroesmilitaria" on eBay were compared with non-movie prop matching items available for sale from online retailers, as well as non-movie prop purchases made on eBay by … [Read more...]

kellysheroesmilitaria Update 6: eBay Third Party Reporting Case Study Conclusion

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As noted previously (see kellysheroesmilitaria Original Props: Update 4, eBay Third Party Reporting Case Study), I had used the eBay third party reporting systems (see eBay & Third Party Reporting (Fraud, Violations of Policy) to alert eBay to problematic listings while testing the effectiveness of sharing material information directly with eBay through their public systems … [Read more...]

kellysheroesmilitaria Original Props: Update 5 – “item no longer available for sale”

This is a follow-up to previous articles (see kellysheroesmilitaria Original Props..., Update 1, Update 2, Update 3) in which original prop auctions by "kellysheroesmilitaria" on eBay were compared with matching items available for sale from online retailers, as well as non-movie prop purchases made on eBay by "kellysheroesmilitaria" and items that appear to match being offered … [Read more...]