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Fake Tasmania Imperfs on Ebay - NSW seller

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For the last few months Ebay has been awash with modern forgeries of the Tasmania 1st issue, the 1d Blue and 4d Orange octagonal imperfs.

This is concerning as the forgeries look quite good to the untrained eye and the 1d often sells for $400 or $500 apiece. The bunnies on ebay are lapping them up sadly.

This will rebound on the hobby badly as one day the sellers will want to cash in their investment, only to be told "they are fake".

These stamps have been appearing on ebay nearly every week. As soon as one is sold, another appears.

In the coming posts I will list the seller(s) and also tips to ID these forgeries.
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These fake Tasmania 1d Blue and 4d Orange appear to be the work of one person based in New South Wales.

It is very obviously one guy with multiple internet handles and ebay accounts. He will usually sell one every week but alternate the accounts to avoid looking suspicious (too late pal) :lol: .

The ebay accounts I have noted associated with these fakes are:

antiques unlimited

antiquesunlimited111_1

La_Lune_Collectables

Star Collectables

stamp_37

clonstamps

stampcentre


That is probably not all of them, just the ones I have noticed so far. All are located in NSW funnily enough. :shock:
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There's one on Hip Stamps that may be fake too. ----- Edward Smith

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Below is a screencap of a 1d Blue that the NSW idiot forger has recently listed. It is still on ebay today, 8 February 2019. Item number: #143121103559

https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Tasmania-early-1853-penny-blue-courier-good-cancel/143121103559

It will be noticed that he has a newly-acquired ebay account called stamp_37, with only 6 feedbacks. "Based in Australia, stamp_37 has been an eBay member since 09 Jan, 2019".

The starting bid is pitched very low at $16.99. A fine genuine example of this stamp is worth $500+ so only a moron, knowingly selling a forgery, would list it at a low start price like that.

It only has 4 days to go - plenty of time for the bunnies to lap it up.
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This bad fake was offered by the guy as antiquesunlimited111_1.

Sadly, as you can see, it has closed and sold for hundreds of dollars. $395 with 26 bids on it, still with over an hour to go on 16th Jan 2019!
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Of interest, you will note that antiquesunlimited111_1 had 954 feedbacks back in January 2019.

antiquesunlimited111_1 looks pretty much like the "mothership account" which was spawned multiple new accounts with low feedbacks to avoid arousing suspicion.
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Here is another bad fake, this time offered by the guy as stampcentre.

This one closed on 30 January 2019. I noted down the ebay item number: 113596834497 - rather like someone taking down the registration number of a car speeding away from an armed holdup bank robbery while all guns were firing in a shoot-out.

When I noticed it shortly before it closed, it had 22 bids and was up to $451
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Yep. The greek forger at it again.
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You know that you are posting about the same forger as the long running thread started by Traralgon3844?

He's been going for years and years with this stuff.
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Here are some tips to avoid buying these garbage worthless forgeries.

The most obvious is not to but from any of the accounts listed above! or from a NSW-based seller as he will open a new account as sure as night follows day.

These forgeries are modern productions, cranked-out on a home computer on demand.

They do look rather good as no doubt the source stamp was scanned from a old catalogue or the like. I do feel badly for the collectors buying these as they are quite dangerous. On the other hand, you should be buying from a reputable auction. Would you buy a 1853 Tasmania 1d Blue fine used at your local pub for $500?

Anyway, here are some tips:

#1 Numeral 60 cancellation:
All of the stamp forgeries offered by NSW man so far are cancelled with a forged 60. That is a red flag. He will probably change numerals soon so beware.

The danger lies as the "60" is very passable with the genuine. Genuine "60" was used at Launceston, the second-largest town, so is very common.

The forged "60" was probably scanned from the Tasmania reference book - Greenbook Vol.1 - where they stupidly reproduced size-accurate faithful line-drawings of some genuine numerals. A forger's dream!

The forged "60" looks quite accurate in terms of size and shape, but the horizontal bars are a little too fine - they are dead straight. The "0" also looks a touch thin. Some examples show a giveaway "hole" in the numeral 6, but this is not always clearly impressed by the forger and so is not always present. The forged "60" as a little "too good".

#2. Numeral 60 Ink:
It looks like modern stamp pad ink is used. The ink is a little too blotchy in its application and forms small dots. A couple of others are the opposite, too bold and black.

#3 Colour:
The colour of the 1d is always slightly off. Usually it is too pale and a little aqua in shade. Sometimes too dark. For the inexperienced collector the colour will probably look ok on the computer screen so this is very dangerous.

#4 Paper:
This will be challenging for the collector. The paper does not look old enough to my eye. Probably blank pages torn from the frontispece of an old book to give it an aged look and then run through the home computer printer.

The backs sometimes have an artificial brown stain or fake toning or a bit of dirt or tea stain added to mimic age and distress.

Sometimes an old hinge is added to the back to give the false appearance of coming from "great grand pappy's olde album".

#5 Plate Position.:
This is a tell-tale - all of these many 1d Blue forgeries come from the same plate position!!!! The guy creating them is obviously a f***ing idiot. There were 24 in a sheet. How has the guy located a cache that come from the exact same sheet position every time, other than by creating them himself.

#6 on piece:
Sometimes, but not all the time, the forgeries are applied to a small piece and "tied" with the fake 60 numeral. They are usually not on piece so be careful.

See the first post of this thread for an example.

This is of course to give the illusion that it is all 100% genuine, when of course it is not.

The pieces do not look like paper from real 1850s-era covers, but more likely from an old book or the forger's own family Bible. The pieces do not bear any addressing or postal markings or portions thereof, which would be visible on the genuine and if present would assist ringing the bell on these forgeries.

To boot, the pieces are often stained, to give the false appearance of age.

In all, these are very dangerous forgeries coming out of NSW. Honest folks are handing over their hard-earned money for this trash, in the mistaken belief they are genuine.
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Here is an example of the 4d Orange recently offered on ebay by the guy as biblica99. Also a bad fake.

Has the usual "60" fake cancellation. The colour of the stamp is also off.

Note the the irregular cutting on the margins to divert attention away from the whole fake. And the adding of some fake dirt to age it.

These fake 4d Oranges usually sell for the low hundreds.
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Great research ... however such threads ALWAYS must have the ebay URL to click on so all members can easily report it to ebay. :idea:
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Global Administrator wrote:Great research ... however such threads ALWAYS must have the ebay URL to click on so all members can easily report it to ebay. :idea:
Yes, noted.

The only one current on ebay is this one:

https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Tasmania-early-1853-penny-blue-courier-good-cancel/143121103559

It will be seen that he has rubbed some dirt on the back to simulate age.

The others that I have posted images of have closed. Sometimes I noted the ebay lot number but not always.

The forger is at least clever enough only to offer one per week.

I have more images collected of these Tasmanian forgeries he has offered over the past few months and will post more soon.

These forgeries have become so endemic over the past while that I felt a separate thread is needed to call attention to them, whatever the forger's other activities are.

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To the list of fake accounts peddling these can be added biblica99:


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antiquesunlimited111_1

La_Lune_Collectables

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eharper wrote:There's one on Hip Stamps that may be fake too. ----- Edward Smith
I had a really quick scan through Hipstamps today.

The was one 1d Blue and a few 4d Oranges (varying quality) but they all looked ok.

I don't believe Hipstamps is the problem.

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Here is another current ebay offering.

This time on the UK site offered by the once-vunerable stamp retailer Stanley Gibbons (seller ID: stanleygibbonsgroup). Ebay item no: 143117032861

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Australia-TASMANIA-Van-Diemens-La ... 0#viTabs_0

This is sadly the case of a genuine stamp added to a cover to which it does not at all belong.
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The strange thing is is that it is a nice example of the genuine stamp. If they soaked it off it would be a good item. Sadly, it shows how much philatelic knowledge there is at Stanley Gibbons these days, which is not much. :lol: :lol:

There are no transit postal markings on the face as there could be.

The cover is cut down at the edges - which is usually a red flag.

The stamp has been "lifted for inspection and hinged in place" - also a red flag. Why do you need to lift an unwatermarked stamp - to check for the watermark? :lol:

The stamp is in no way tied to the cover, though in might look like it at first blush.

The datestamps on the back document an impossibly quick journey in 1853, unless the laws of time and space were somehow bent.

Gibbons are starting this at 99p. What is wrong with that you ask? Well, it is a forged cover.

Their description even gives of a faint smell that something is wrong with it:

"Welcome to our occasional 'outlet' eBay auctions.
Material offered here is unsuitable (or in most cases, too esoteric) for our retail stock, and we try to keep the selections interesting and unusual.
Please check the condition box above and examine scans carefully. Faults (if any) will be mentioned above."


The stamp was probably added to the cover in the olden days by some collector and Gibbons have come across it in a collection.

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Good grief. The wholly-forged 1d Blue on ebay has a bid on it. Not surprised.

https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Tasmania-ea ... 3121103559

Only 3 days to go. Sit back and watch the bunnies lap it up.

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Now it has 2 bids on it, at $20.50. :twisted:

It's like watching a car crash in slow motion. :arrow: I must avert my eyes!!

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MJ's pet wrote:This time on the UK site offered by the once-vunerable stamp retailer Stanley Gibbons (seller ID: stanleygibbonsgroup).
I guess you mean 'venerable'.

It could also be 'vulnerable'; but given their woeful stock price and capital workings, that description of them would have to still be present tense. :?
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aethelwulf wrote: I guess you mean 'venerable'.
Yes, that's it. My fingers wanted to type 'vulnerable' and produced a non-existent word.

Gibbons should remove the stamp (it is only hanging by a hinge) and sell it and burn the cover.

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Here is another 1d Blue the Greek Idiot Forger offered in early February 2019, since sold. Ebay item number: 312454865827.

I do not know what shameful eye-watering price this piece of printed-yesterday-on-my-home-computer garbage sold for. Hundreds no doubt.

Same bogus "60" cancel.

He usually makes them four-margins as he knows that is where the money is. :evil:

Note the margins are slightly wobbly to give it that "authentic" look. :lol:

Also note the artfully-applied dirt on the top corner.
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And another offered by The Forger, this time on a 4d Orange. This one offered in early February 2019. Ebay item number: 223350257434.

Same bogus "60" postmark.

Slightly mis-cut to give it that olde-tyme look.

He seems to prefer selling the 1d's though as no doubt that generates far more cash for him. :twisted:
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One technique I have noticed with these is that The Forger will list them, and then a few days later shorten the listing time, bringing the closing date forward.

This is either to generate more cash quickly. Or to shorten the listing time in case people wise up to his scam. Or both. 8)

PS. The current listing of the forged 1d Blue has the following revisions:
Revision summary for item #143121103559
The following revisions have been made:
Date Time Revised Information
07-Feb-19 19:36:19 AEDST
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Link here to some of the Forger's other ebay efforts:

https://www.stampboards.com/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=82428
Global Administrator wrote: This guy is a con man. He has served prison terms for forging driver licences, and ID documents. He can open up new bank accounts at will. And get credit cards at will.

Do you think for a moment a credit card fake opened with a fake ID and fake address, with a limit of a few $100 he has maxed out in advance, will help paypal in ANY way, when he has scammed them for $50,000 in a week as he does regularly?

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Good Lord. The Forged 1d Blue has had another bid on it over the weekend. Ebay item number: 143121103559

It is now sitting on $103.50 with 3 bids, with 1 day+ to go. (Over the weekend it was sitting on a measly $20.50 with 2 bids).
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It seems fairly obvious that the Greek vendor Stamp_37 has bid on it himself, using one of his many, many ebay handles, worried that it won't go sky high like the others. :twisted:

All bids are private, of course! :lol:
Bidder Bid amount Bid time
private listing - bidders' identities protected AU $103.50 11 Feb 2019 at 11:33:36 AEDST
private listing - bidders' identities protected AU $101.00 9 Feb 2019 at 11:32:21 AEDST
private listing - bidders' identities protected AU $20.00 9 Feb 2019 at 1:06:17 AEDST
Starting price AU $16.99 7 Feb 2019 at 19:30:44 AEDST

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Its at AU $305 now with 10 hours left
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ebay wrote:Its at AU $305 now with 10 hours left
Still at $305 with 8+ hours to go, and 4 bids.

This very fake stamp will, I fear, go higher still.

The vendor ebay account stamp_37 is still rather new-ish and only has 8 feedbacks.
Based in Australia, stamp_37 has been an eBay member since 09 Jan, 2019
Presumably the account has not had any, or many, "strikes" or negative reports to ebay?

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2 hours to go ... still time to bid on this FORGERY and go over the cliff with all the lemmings ...

https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Tasmania-early-1853-penny-blue-courier-good-cancel/143121103559

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5 bids & a final price of $A350. :shock:

Someone may like to add a screen shot before it disappears as I can't do one.
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BigSaint wrote:5 bids & a final price of $A350. :shock:

Someone may like to add a screen shot before it disappears as I can't do one.
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Thank you Terry.

This guy currently has 10 other auctions going & not a bid on any of them.

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BigSaint wrote:5 bids & a final price of $A350. :shock:
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Good grief. $350 for something printed yesterday on a home computer.

APTA and the APF should be doing something about these Fake Factories as it is taking money directly out of the pockets of real dealers and hurting collectors who have no chance of a refund.

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Well, no sooner than the Fake 1d Blue sold for $350, the Greek Forger printed out a 4d Orange and listed it. How predictable :lol: :lol:

This time he has graduated to producing pairs.

Note that the colour is off. The Forged postmark numeral "60" was again used.

Note that the "0" is displaced a little higher than the "6" in the fake postmark. This is a real tell-tale sign. He is impressing the "6" lightly avoiding the tell-tale "hole-in-6".

He has trimmed the corners off to avert suspicion. Also note the liberal use of dirt rubbed over the fake to age the paper and give it that old-timey look.

https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/TASMANIA-1854-4d-Orange-Courier-pair-used/143128544600
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Listed using the fake ID handle stamp_37. No doubt he is trying to generate watchers and followers to that handle to generate repeat business. Keep on tap dancing.

It will be recalled that the FAKE 1d closed on 12th Feb at around 8pm. He couldn't list up the FAKE 4d pair quick enough, which was listed at 8.30pm! :lol: :lol: :
Bidder Bid amount Bid time
private listing - bidders' identities protected AU $10.99 13 Feb 2019 at 11:02:26 AEDST
Starting price AU $10.99 12 Feb 2019 at 20:30:24 AEDST
Sadly, it already has 1 bid on it.

PS. Also note that the Greek Forger is using short listing times, generally under 5 days, so he can get the money quickly and run like a bandit.

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Sadly, the fake 4d Orange pair now has 2 bids on it.

Looking at the large scan, it looks to be backed on some backing paper just to add to the deception. :x

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Looking at what else this seller has to sell, there are 10 sets from various Commonwealth countries for Royal Visit, Silver Jubilee etc perforated "Specimen". Would it be reasonable to presume the seller has put his "sewing machine" to use. :twisted:
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Brad .. all the 1930s/40s SPECIMEN perfins he offers are fakes of course.

I'd suggest all those reading this report all the lots offering fakes.

Ebay have revamped the rules re forged and faked and replica and counterfeit stamps.

Sellers now MUST mark fakes indelibly on reverse, and load a photo of that marking into the lot description.

Alterations (that includes outright fakes like the Tasmania, forged perfins, overprints and cancels) and repairs MUST be noted now if known to seller, and sellers offering conga lines of the same fakes clearly DO know!

https://pages.ebay.com/help/policies/currstamps.html#replica_stamps

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Also on EVERY ebay lot there is a “Report Item” icon – whether the sale is ended or not.

Reporting that via the simple drop-down options as shown below is a 5 second operation -
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If ebay gets 5 or 10 reports on any given items they WILL generally take notice. They usually warn the user and remove the lot. Sellers getting several such removed lots are in trouble.

Let’s use ‘people power’ to stop this material getting offered.

Everyone “hoping” others act, will get nothing done - like most things in life! It takes teamwork and a Community Spirit, and the dodgy and misleading lots will be FAR less.

ebay now have set up a fast new portal JUST to report suspected sellers of forged stamps at - https://www.tinyurl.com/ebayfakes - also found at - https://www.ebay.com/scw - there is space for 10,000 characters in your reply, so all the relevant info can be added. Unlike most ebay complaint forms that allow just 100 characters etc.

Please take a moment to do BOTH ….. do the “Report Item” drop-down, and give a summary on the link above.

Most likely they will go to 2 different ebay staffers, and that is double trouble for the fakers.

Some staffers ignore such stuff, others are more pro-active – it is a lottery.

However several reports on any single item can be seen by all staffers looking at it, and that generally gets some action.

Even if 4 staffers have ignored it, the 5th staffer might see 5 reports and decide to act etc. :mrgreen:

Remind them on this report that the same faker has had about a HUNDRED accounts banned in the past by ebay for selling fakes and right NOW has these accounts -

The ebay accounts associated with these fakes are:

antiques unlimited

antiquesunlimited111_1

La_Lune_Collectables

Star Collectables

stamp_37

clonstamps

stampcentre

Add to your report the lot numbers of fakes ALREADY sold to make their work easier.


"People Power" - never under-estimate the value of it! 8)

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Ebay's OWN clear written rule is that Counterfeit Stamps are NOT allowed on ebay. Period. Remind them of their OWN rule, and it often does wonders. The average ebay Robot Drone in Bangladesh or Bombay or Bogan has never heard of that rule - REMIND them.

https://pages.ebay.com/help/policies/currstamps.html#replica_stamps

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Re: Fake Tasmania Imperfs on Ebay - NSW seller

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Everyone please take the time to read Glen's post above and report the Greek Idiot for Forgery.

The list of zombie accounts grows larger by the day. The list of associated accounts are:

antiques unlimited

antiquesunlimited111_1

La_Lune_Collectables

Star Collectables

stamp_37

clonstamps

stampcentre

biblica99

strampsdownunder


(These last two are more recent).

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The Greek Idiot grows even more brazen by the day.

Today he has listed a newly-forged 1d Blue. He has revived a new selling account: strampsdownunder

This account has only 23 feedbacks as of today (14 Feb 2019). This account has been open for some time yet lain dormant to be re-activated at will: Member since: 18-Oct-18 in Australia.

This is only the tip of the iceberg for his account-opening activities.

Presumably the accounts are not opened in his name. Instead of reporting forgery (which ebay aren't that interested in) why isn't he reported for operating fake accounts under fake names? The FBI eventually got Al Capone for tax evasion.

Note the deliberate damage to the left side to avert suspicion. Usual forged "60" postmark. The "hanging chads" of backing paper is a nice olde-tyme touch too. :lol: :lol:

https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/TASMANIA-1d-blue-Courier-used-No-thins-or-tears/173791886620

Ebay item number: 173791886620
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The Forger typically lists these for 5 days to get the bunny bucks rolling in.

This item was listed today (14th February) and the Time left is: 4d 02h (closing 18 Feb, 2019 19:42:42 AEDST)

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While this thread is not for all of The Greek's forged productions, South Australian collectors will be upset to learn of the latest forged output from strampsdownunder

South Australia Departmentals
2d H
1/- DB
2d MR

1931 2d & 3d Kingsford Smith opt "OS"

1963 5d Christmas error with RED OMITTED (yes, really) :lol:

1927 Canberra pair perf OS

and with no trace of irony at all:

1919 First Aerial Post, England to Australia Mini Sheet Reproduction MLH :lol: :lol:

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Sadly the new Fake 1d Blue now has 2 bids on it. :?

Just watch the bunnies pile on over the weekend.

Everyone follow Glen's advice above and report the moron forger strampsdownunder

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The totally Fake 4d Orange pair closes tomorrow so keep an eye on it. 8)

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Only the most clueless of the most clueless would imagine for one second this crude laser printed joke with a fake rubber stamp pad ink "cancel'' was worth more than a dollar.

Agree that it is worth reporting by all who read this - one day someone there will hopefully read it, and cancel his 10 current accounts.

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OK, ladies the gents, the proverbial is about to HTF.

It will be recalled that not long ago on 12th February 2019, the Greek Forger alias ebay handle stamp_37 sold a crude but passable fake of the Tasmania 1d Blue (ebay item number: 143121103559) for $350. Here is a picture of it so you can refresh your memory:
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Good grief. $350 for something printed yesterday on a home computer.
An identical fake stamp is now offered (as of 17th February 2019) on ebay (item number 163546552186) by someone called frau.au2015 (Member since: 08-Apr-15 in Australia) at Buy It Now for $450:

https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/TASMANIA-1853-1854-1d-BLUE-IMPER ... 3546552186
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The new lot has 29+ days left, so was listed up late on Saturday night 16th February (on a 30-day listing): "Time left: 29d 05h (18 Mar, 2019 18:04:45 AEDST)".

Realistically, one of three things are going on here.

1. The Greek Forger has a new account called frau.au2015 based in Glengarry, Victoria or this person is an associate of his. He has produced a fake alarming identical to the one be previously sold. This seems unlikely as the stamp for sale is identical to the fake previously sold.

OR

2. The disappointed buyer named frau.au2015 is a collector has now realised that his (or her) BBAAARRRGGGHHHAAAAAIIIIINNN basement purchase is a worthless fake (courtesy of this thread?) and they have flushed $350 down the crapper.

OR

3. frau.au2015 is some kind of re-seller or profiteer (a non-collector) and is moving on their new purchase, and oblivious to the FACT that it is FAKE.

This seems quite implausible as frau.au2015 currently has 60 lots of Australian Colonies and Australia stamps listed for auction on ebay, many of them in an expensive price bracket. The other lots appear quite genuine so they obviously now their oats. So frau.au2015 is no kind of greenhorn noob it seems.

NOW, they are trying to unload this worthless piece of garbage onto some poor bunny even stupider than themselves at MORE THAN they paid, making a $100 profit for themselves in the process.

Scenario "2" seems more plausible, but whatever the true situation, SHAME ON YOU frau.au2015.

If the hapless buyer is now trying to unload their less-than-astute purchase, it raises some rather delicious questions.

Such as:

Did frau.au2015 buy the stamp on ebay at auction ending on 12 Feb 2019?

Was the seller stamp_37?

Did they ask stamp_37 (The Greek Forger) for a refund?

What did he say?

Does he (The Greek Forger, ebay alias stamp_37) use his real name and address when conducting transactions on ebay?

What is that name and address?

How is it that he (the forger) has an endless supply of Tasmanian imperf stamps all with fake qualities?

From who did the forger buy the subject stamp?

And when?

And how much was paid?

Was it from a real dealer? If so, who?

Was it bought from a real stamp auction? If so, which one? What was the date and the lot number?

Has the buyer frau.au2015 reported the transaction to ebay?

With what result? What action or investigation did ebay undertake to do?

If a refund was refused, why have you not instituted a case with ebay and/or Paypal?

If no report was made to ebay, why not?

Have you frau.au2015 reported this to your local police?

If not, why not?

Why are you trying to on-sell a patently faked stamp at a large profit only 5 days after buying it?

Why does your ebay listing fail to mention the stamp is wholly forged?

Why is the stamp not marked as a forgery as per the ebay rules?

Memo to everyone, report frau.au2015 immediately.

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Seems to have been removed now from what I could see

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JLEEFE wrote:Seems to have been removed now from what I could see
Some members here appear as clueless as the dopey EBAAAYRGEEN HUNNTAAR bidders.

https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Tasmania-early-1853-penny-blue-c ... _cvip=true
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JLEEFE wrote:Seems to have been removed now from what I could see
Nope.

It is still listed, with 29 days, 2 hours to go, here:

https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/TASMANIA-1853-1854-1d-BLUE-IMPER ... 3546552186

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Memo to everyone, report frau.au2015 immediately.

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Maybe not a clueless bunny, when I clicked on the link, it gave me an item not found so certainly not clueless. I was only clicking to report it and certainly and by the way the next link for the bunnies
https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Tasmania-early-1853-penny-blue-c ... _cvip=true
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This one worked this time
https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/TASMANIA-1853-1854-1d-BLUE-IMPER ... 3546552186

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JLEEFE wrote:Maybe not a clueless bunny - when I clicked on the link - it gave me an item not found so certainly not clueless and by the way the next link for the bunnies

https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Tasmania-early-1853-penny-blue-c ... _cvip=true

gave me this view

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OMG. I read this stuff and think it must be April 1. But these folks are REALLY this thick.

Here is a valuable tip in your web education JLEEFE - use your mouse to scroll down the page. A really tough very basic task for some to master I do understand, but give it a try sometime. :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll:

Now stop de-railing serious threads with this silly nonsense. :idea:

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It looks like JLEEFE was clicking the link for the old sale, rather than the re-listed lot.

Thanks for reporting it JLEEFE.

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The identity of frau.au2015 is slowly emerging from the muck it seems.

Rather than being a completely clueless bunny, frau.au2015 has 943 feedbacks as a buyer and 386 feedbacks as a seller. Which is 1329 transactions since the account opened on 8 April 2015.

Many of these are for high-value Australian Colonies single stamps, plus a few things like high value Kangaroos. frau.au2015 is a very active trader in expensive Australian stamps.

Very strangely, despite selling quite specialised items, the catalogue identifications and values are derived from a very basic source:
"ANY PRICE QUOTED IS FROM " (PITT.A.B. ed 2012) STAMPS OF AUSTRALIA: THE STAMP COLLECTOR'S REFERENCE GUIDE" PUBLISHED BY RENNIKS 13th EDITION.
OTHER SOURCES OF CURRENT MARKET PRICES HAVE BEEN DERIVED FROM ARCHIVAL AUCTION CATALOGUES."
Looking a little closer at this vendor's feedback, things start to get "interesting".

On this old feedback, the seller gave no originating address which is a bit of a red flag. The buyer also suggests the item was mis-described:
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These feedbacks handily tell us that the vendor's name is "Gary":
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And this one tells us that he is "the most honest person I have ever dealt with" :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Has anyone either bought or sold with frau.au2015 ?

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