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Sign up to petition to stop scam guides

12 July 2005

NO issue has caused more reader complaints to ATG in the past decade than scam guides targeting the trade. Now there is a chance to put a stop to them by signing up to a Europe-wide campaign.

Alert over dud cheques

29 June 2005

Dealers are being warned to be vigilant following a suspected cheque fraud at the Summer Olympia Fine Art and Antiques Fair.

Scam guide bid to neutralise legal rulings

06 June 2005

ONE of the most active scam guide firms, who con the antiques trade into taking out unwanted advertising, are on the march again, despite two court rulings against them.

Dealer Googles to foil scam

27 April 2005

A LONDON dealer has exposed the latest scam attempting to trick the trade out of thousands of pounds. And, in doing so, he has discovered a quick and simple way of checking whether others have already been defrauded: using the internet.

Trade targeted in new scam to launder money: 'Job offer' cloaks risk being landed with huge bills and legal action

04 April 2005

THE trade are being warned of a new internet scam that risks involving innocent dealers in money laundering – and can leave them with large bills to pay.

eBay traders warned over new Second Chance Offer scam

09 December 2004

EBAY users are being warned to look out for the Second Chance Offer scam that is among the latest frauds to hit the online marketplace. In this ruse, scammers impersonating eBay sellers target disappointed underbidders of high-price lots claiming to offer them the ‘second chance’ to buy the lot.

Guess what – yes, they’re back again

28 October 2004

AS certain as Autumn’s falling leaves, the scam fair guides have come out of the woodwork once more to trap dealers in the run-up to the Winter Olympia fair.

Trade targeted in new con over money laundering regulations

22 September 2004

IN the past week dealers have been bombarded by letters ordering them to register and send off payments linked to anti-money laundering measures.

Hackers target bidders in new eBay con

08 September 2004

FRAUDSTERS are targeting internet bidders once more with the ‘stolen picture’ and ‘stolen identity’ scams on eBay.

Police warning over bounced auction cheques

01 September 2004

AUCTIONEERS and dealers in the south east are being warned by police to be alert to a man who has bounced cheques in a succession of salerooms in East Anglia.

It’s summer – so it’s scam guide time again: Tricksters who were fined and shut down in Barcelona move operation to Valencia

10 August 2004

LIKE the proverbial bad penny, scam advertising company European City Guide have struck again, targeting antiques dealers in London and the South East.

Stolen cheque scam targets trade who use Web banking

28 June 2004

DEALERS should be aware of a stolen cheque scam that targets regular Internet bankers.

New letters scam, but it’s not data protection

09 June 2004

FIRST dealers were subjected to the data protection scam – now the trade are being alerted to a health and safety con.

£12,000 – the cost of failing in due diligence

27 April 2004

THE importance of exercising due diligence has been driven home in the most painful way for a dealer, whose oversight has cost them £12,000.

Police call for new leads in cheque fraud case

15 April 2004

AVON and Somerset Police are currently investigating a series of cheque deceptions committed against antique shops and dealers throughout the UK and Europe over the last two years.

Overpayment fraud is latest online scam

01 March 2004

The antiques trade are being alerted to a new online fraud after at least three dealers were targeted last week. Overpayment fraud, as it is known, is the latest in a series of Internet-based payment frauds aimed at retailers with a website presence.

Scam guides talk tough on ‘debts’

02 February 2004

New company threatens duped dealers: The many victims of the misleading fair guides that landed dealers and auctioneers with bills for hundreds of pounds are being contacted again by an aggressive overseas debt collection company.

Warning after virus scam hits PayPal users

05 January 2004

Ebay are warning their users to be vigilant after users of PayPal fell victim to a hi-tech scam in November and December. Many received a replicating virus that, camouflaged as an email from the online payment provider, tried to trick the recipient into sending sensitive information.

LAPADA set up fraud alert as they help trap conman

17 November 2003

LAPADA have set up an email alert system to warn members about fraudsters after an indepth investigation by the association led to a serial offender being caught and jailed. John Alderson of Seattle was convicted in the USA and has just been sentenced to 41 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release. He must also pay restitution of $146,000 to victims.

How to deal with Data Protection scam

29 September 2003

It has only been a matter of weeks since the Antiques Trade Gazette’s last warning concerning scam letters targeting small businesses over the Data Protection Act. Despite the alert, however, dealers continue to be at risk and the complaints we have received about one firm in particular have, if anything, increased.