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Fake Sports Memorabilia
Jenifer McAndrews Be Wary of Fake Sports Memorabilia
May 19, 2013
By: Jenifer McAndrews

EYEWITNESS ONLINE WEBCAST VIDEO


Sports memorabilia is a multi-billion dollar industry, and where there is big money, there are scammers.

One man thought he hit a home run when he won an online auction for the jersey of his son’s favorite player, Alex Rodriguez. He was devastated to find out he was taken for $3,200 in a scam.

He bought the jersey off an internet site called Vintage Authentics. He was told A-Rod wore the jersey in 1997 with the Mariners. He quickly learned otherwise when he went to an Alex Rodriguez autograph signing where he was told the jersey was a fake.

Postal inspectors investigating the case bought some items from the site and took them to be authenticated. When the teams inspected the items they looked at the materials, colors and graphics and confirmed they were all fake.

Inspectors say this is a growing problem in the sports memorabilia industry and many people have no idea when they are being taken.

The owner of Vintage Authentics was arrested and is awaiting sentencing.

Postal inspectors remind consumers to be cautious when buying memorabilia of any kind and only deal with well known reputable companies. They also recommend paying for your purchase with a credit card to make it easier to dispute fraudulent charges.



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