Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Fake Sticker Autos- A Video Response to SCU

has brought this new scam to the forefront
and you can read his recent posts here and here.
This was too easy. Be careful out there!!

video

19 comments:

Gellman said...

Oh my god dude, thank you for doing this. I cannot believe it was that easy.

cardboardicons said...

Wow ... I've been away for about two months or so and had not heard of this scam. How recent is this one?

I can't say I'm surprised, but the ease with which you were able to do that is amusing.

firstngoal said...

This is almost so easy that it's scary. I really don't know how many autos I will purchase online thanks to morons that actually do this for quick cash.

cuseman2001 said...

You know though they will get the uneducated with this. Not me or any fo you guys. Typical coas on the back fo the card stating auto guarantee. Like the one you removed the sticker from has and the one you put it on does not. People need to get smart. Same people that get taken on this scam are the ones that actually think they won the South African lotto(scam email that gets sent everyehere) and pay the fees/taxes yet they never have been to South Africa or even played the lotto ever...


-wheeler281

cuseman2001 said...

Furthermore
People need to quite being the victims and be held accountable for their stupidity

Random Leather said...

This is nothing really new. The key to avoid getting taken, is knowledge. Know what companies produce as autographs, and you will be fine.

Dave - Fielder's Choice said...

Wow ... unbelievable, thank you for bringing this to light, Rob!

Andrew Harner--Editor said...

Way to spell it out for everyone. You have, in my eyes, just become part of the problem.

Rob- AKA "VOTC" said...

Andrew, give me a break. Did I sign a Greg Maddux auto on the sticker and put it on eBay? No if I had I would agree With you. This was simply a demonstration of how easy it is not a How To.

Rob- AKA "VOTC" said...

Furthermore, I don't think scammers are trolling blogs looking for How To videos. I suppose you think guns kill people too? Instead of the person criminally using the gun.

Andrew Harner--Editor said...

Not at all, I'm just saying this can become a tool for people to use.

Rob- AKA "VOTC" said...

The exact specifics were detailed at SCU first. Honestly, I would never intentionally do anything to hurt the hobby we love.

Rob- AKA "VOTC" said...

and either would Gellman

Todd Uncommon said...

Excellent job posting this. Even if it looks like it might give dickless nickel crooks a little bit of a how-to, of course that's not the point.

The real point is to show Topps, UD, and anyone else using stickers for autos to produce cards needs to stop with the stickers, like, yesterday.

On-card, all the time. If the authenticity of your product can be so easily spoofed or altered, then there's a lot to worry about.

I think that even despite lame baby-whines from some hobbyists, collectors will accept redemptions that are on-card over more sticker garbage, with one caveat: deliver them in a timely fashion.

Andrew Harner--Editor said...

"The exact specifics were detailed at SCU first."

Yes they were, and I ridiculed him for it as well.

Wax Heaven said...

I think it could have been brought to the attention of card companies without making a how to video.

The Mojo Hand said...

Now what about the back of the card with the C.O.A?
Might be a good idea to ask to see the front & back of the card before buying it.

Rob- AKA "VOTC" said...

The collective voice of the community voted in favor of keeping the video with a ratio of 6 to 1. No offense to any of my readers, particularly you Mario, as you know the respect I have for you.

Tom said...

I, for one, appreciate the video; it gives me and others insight on how easy it is to pull off this scam. I rarely purchase sigs because I know how easy it is to sign something yourself, make a fake COA, and sell it on eBay.

This video is not going to open the eyes of criminals to show them an easy way to make a buck. Trust me, they already know. They have all day to sit around and think of ways to scam people. I've worked in the field of criminal justice for 15 years and have been around thousands of people who will cheat and steal from you, Joe Public, just to make an easy buck.

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