No matter how careful you are and no matter how knowledgeable and trustworthy you think an autograph seller may be, you can fall for a scam.
Dozens of people did a few years ago and while the man responsible wound up in prison, it doesn’t make it any easier.
Carl Douglas Meyer, 49, of Charles Town, WV, pleaded guilty a little more than two years ago to mail fraud for mailing a list of items for sale to customers and devising a scheme to sell forged sports autographs. Meyer then used the mail to send the merchandise and receive payment from customers, which landed him in the federal court system.
One of his victims was Mark Mench, a collector who knew he’d been had as soon as he opened the ‘autographs’. He had plenty of company. Meyer took several people for a ride before agents snared him.
Mench talked with a TV reporter about his experience as the postal inspector showed off some of the phony sigs.