Top

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

March 14, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

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

July 2, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

FBI-IC3-2008-Annual-Report-Summary-Archive-Portal-x380

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

October 31, 2008 by · 1 Comment 

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?

October 22, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

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)

August 29, 2008 by · 1 Comment 

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 “kellysheroesmilitaria” and items that appear to match being offered for sale as “original props” from the same eBay account.  Read more

kellysheroesmilitaria Update 6: eBay Third Party Reporting Case Study Conclusion

August 13, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

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 in an effort to help them to enforce their own policies.  This article serves as an update and conclusion, marked by the occasion of kellysheroesmilitaria relisting one of the primary auctions reported to eBay. Read more

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

August 4, 2008 by · 1 Comment 

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 for sale as original props under the same eBay account.  The subject eBay listing of the Update 4 article has been canceled by the seller for the following stated reason:

Read more

kellysheroesmilitaria Original Props: Update 4, eBay Third Party Reporting Case Study

August 3, 2008 by · 1 Comment 

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 for sale as original props under the same eBay account.  A reader drew my attention to a new set of auctions, which is followed by a note about eBay third party reporting in practice. Read more

eBay & Third Party Reporting (Fraud, Violations of Policy)

July 18, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

One of the most frequent topics that original prop collectors bring up with me is with regard to fraud on eBay.  This is often coupled with expressions of frustration by collectors who have found that they do not understand how to report fraud and violations of eBay policy with eBay directly, when they are not party to any transaction.  Though eBay has a number of appropriate policies in place, it is challenging for eBay members to find the appropriate method by which these experts in the field can share material information directly with eBay in an effort to help them to enforce their own policies. Read more

Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) Releases 2007 Report

April 8, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

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

Next Page »

Bottom