The $3k Black Tracks fraud of 2012 - Article for TFSource

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  1. Maz

    Maz Square One TFW2005 Supporter

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    Now to be absolutely clear, while I do want to draw attention to the story behind the selling of a fake Finnish Diaclone Black Corvette at BotCon 2012 for $2,800, this is not a naming and shaming exercise. The full details of this debacle are available on public Transformers and Diaclone forums on the Internet for people to research and dig up, details that the victim of this fraud and myself meticulously put together, resulting in a full refund for the victim and a public outing of the party responsible for the fraud. Now that’s out of the way, here's what happened...

    The $3k Black Tracks Fraud of 2012 | TF Source News <- CLICK TO READ

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    A massive thank you to everyone who answered the unending avalanche of questions and helped bring this to light.

    All the best
    Maz
     
  2. cobra zartan

    cobra zartan Think's He's a Detective.

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    I was wondering when this one was going up. Very good read as uaual.
     
  3. CZ Hazard

    CZ Hazard Sons of Unicron PTT

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    Great article, but damn I want to know more about the scam?
     
  4. chrisr291

    chrisr291 Master of the Unknown

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    Great article, glad to hear the buyer got his money back. As a community, we should step in and help others when possible!
     
  5. [Wing_Saber-X]

    [Wing_Saber-X] Fortress Maximus!

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    a wrong thing gone right. a positive end to such a terrible debacle. Thanks Maz, your articles are top notch, as ever. Informative and precise. :D 
     
  6. bny888

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    A great read as usual Maz, very informative and interesting. :) 
     
  7. beanman

    beanman Not a Decepticon

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    Wow, some shady dealings. It's sad when the vintage game has come to this (I abhor fakes and knockoffs!). But I'm glad the community was able to step in and make it right.
     
  8. 3.8TransAM

    3.8TransAM 1989 Turbo Trans AM

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    Now does someone have links to the other threads? :) 
     
  9. TheGame2K5

    TheGame2K5 Well-Known Member

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    Its stuff like this that makes me glad Im really not into vintage items.
     
  10. Superquad7

    Superquad7 We're only human. Super Mod

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    I guess I wanna know where I can get those casted gray parts! :D 

    Always a good read, Maz! :thumb 
     
  11. allew

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    Very compelling story. Glad to hear the truth won out in the end with your help.
     
  12. BW megatron

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    Not surprised, the conclusion of the article is rather shortsighted and reminds me of smeagol..."my precious"....
     
  13. Mousesi2k

    Mousesi2k Decepticreep

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    Good read as usual Maz! Glad the buyer got there money back. I personally don't collect Diaclone's or even G1 for that matter but damn that is a beautiful figure!! (If I had money id be into them though haha)
     
  14. Fishdirt

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    I think the writer should offer his services (for a fee of course) at shows for high end collectors who leap before they look. Seems such a huge monetary risk .
     
  15. [Wing_Saber-X]

    [Wing_Saber-X] Fortress Maximus!

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    this. :D 
     
  16. The_Black_Sheep

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    ^^ Same here. This article has me intrigued. I've been trying to find some more info on this via google but I can't find squat. If someone can give me a link or 2 via PM, I'd be very much appreciated. :) 
     
  17. CZ Hazard

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    TFW2005 - The 2005 Boards - Diaclone/ Microchange Pre TF group

    It starts half way down page 511. Please nobody post in this group to start shit up again, it's resolved and people deserve to enjoy what can be a very positive discussion.

    I post these not to stir shit (which Maz has - respectfully - been very good at not doing) but to clear the name of a dealer whom I have used before and consider a friend, as I recognized his table from the photos and wrongly thought the worst. I found this after a thirty second Google search so it's hardly top secret, so I don't think I'm being unfair sharing this here. If anyone disagrees, I will remove this post or a mod can feel free to do so.
     
  18. Automorpher

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    I was filled with endless questions that arosed when I first learn of this fraud. (The boys on the LD TFs thread were trying their best to fish out all suspecting parties whom may have been involved in this scam)

    And through Maz's article, I got reminded of that "LD Black Godginrai/Godbomber" incident that took place some time back. That was the incident that helped put "Singapore" on the world map. :eek: 
     
  19. opt1musaber

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    Good article. It's a very scary thought that one day a counterfeit will be undistinguishable from an original....
     
  20. Star Saber

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    Great article Maz. This hobby can get very scary. I remember the first time I saw KO Optimus Primes in China, I realized if I ever decided to get one for my collection again (I had one as a kid :)  ) I'd most likely have to see it in person before I buy one :p  A whole bunch of stuff came out then, the JAFCON, and the Decepticon Tapes etc.
     

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