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Fairs fraudster fails in jail sentence appeal

15 September 2014

An appeal for a shorter sentence launched by a conman who scammed dealers at fairs across the country has been dismissed.

Scam guides active again

24 February 2014

The trade have alerted ATG to the latest scam guide trying to con dealers into paying thousands of pounds for useless advertising.

Cameo pair in court charged with fraud

20 January 2014

Two men will appear for trial at Reading Crown Court on February 3 following the investigation into former Midgham-based Cameo Fine Art Auctioneers.

Cheque fraudsters jailed over fairs con

10 October 2013

Three fraudsters have been sentenced for a widespread scam using dud cheques at antiques fairs across the country.

Police launch fraud probe into Stamford dealer and appeal for further evidence

25 September 2013

Police have launched an investigation into a suspected fraud centred on a Lincolnshire antiques business.

Clarion issue warning over scam guide

08 July 2013

Olympia organisers Clarion Events have issued a warning to exhibitors after they were targeted by another of the scam guides so often reported on these pages.

New scam guide targets unwitting dealers over VAT

20 May 2013

A new and alarming scam guide is targeting the trade with demands linked to European Union regulations and focusing on VAT.

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Bidders advised to look out for reproductions

02 April 2013

Papier-mâché pull-along models of bulldogs and terrier with nodding heads and growling mechanisms were popular amusements in the late Victorian and Edwardian eras – but it seems not all of the examples seen on the market today are quite so old.

Wine investment code now in force

11 March 2013

The Wine Investment Association has launched its new code of practice to seek to safeguard the general public against fraud, malpractice and misrepresentation.

Scam guides target trade yet again

25 February 2013

Scam guides have reared their head again, targeting dealers in a bid to extort large sums of money for useless advertising.

Signature-faker Formhals sentenced to ten months in jail

14 January 2013

A 66-year-old man who faked the signatures of Winston Churchill and other famous writers was sentenced to ten months in jail at Southampton Crown Court on December 21.

Cameo update

23 April 2012

FOLLOWING last week’s front page story regarding allegations of non-payment and irregularities over credit card payments at Cameo Auctions of Midgham, Berkshire, many readers with similar complaints contacted ATG looking for advice.

Seize your chance to beat scam guides

29 November 2011

SCAM guides have struck yet again, but finally the European Commission has launched an investigation and wants to hear from victims about their plight.

PayPal alert over eBay buyer scam

25 July 2011

EBAY users are being warned of a new scam that targets sellers who allow buyers to collect items in person.

French firms act over rogue Chinese bidding

11 April 2011

FRENCH auction houses have toughened their stance on Chinese bidders after a series of well-publicised problems with non-payment.

Hacker court case exposes weaknesses of PayPal system

28 February 2011

THE case of a hacker who stole more than £180,000 from eBay users has highlighted weaknesses in PayPal’s procedures.

Bogus PayPal account scam sees shipped antiques disappear

14 February 2011

A NEW scam involving a fake PayPal account has come to light after a dealer lost £1200 of stock to an ‘overseas buyer’ who never paid.

Warning over BACS and cheque scam

21 January 2011

AUCTIONEERS and dealers should be wary of an absentee buyer who offers to pay by BACS and then have goods collected by taxi.

Scam guides target trade yet again

09 August 2010

AFTER more than a decade of targeting unsuspecting dealers, scam advertising company European City Guide have struck again.

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Police seek man in connection with lighting scam

04 May 2010

POLICE want to speak to this man, pictured right, in connection with a scam that has taken in several of London’s West End dealers.