The world of sports memorabilia can be a crazy and wild place. For some of the more coveted signatures, the price tag for items can reach into the thousands and higher, and the allure of making a quick buck off of faking the hottest signature in Edmonton right now is high. But thanks to the Edmonton Police Service, there are a few fewer fakes out there now.
Yesterday, the story broke that the EPS has charged a 23 year old man with two counts of possession of a forged document, fraud over $5,000, fraud under $5,000 and false pretence. The alleged shyster is reported to have sold two jerseys for $1,400 and may have defrauded another out of $23,000. To get fans’ attention, the culprit is accused of having contacted people via Facebook messenger and claiming to work for the OEG and/or Pro-Am Sports. Police believe others may have been defrauded also and urge those who think they may have been to visit an Edmonton police location an fill out a statement using the file number 19-100147.
This is just another example in a long list of situations where you can’t blame the victims for wanting to have a piece of hockey history that Connor McDavid touched, even if only through a pen. We just all have to be aware of things and do our own due diligence.
Simple hindsight answer, google Connor’s signature:
As far as I know/can tell, 97 has only ever had three different styles of signature and the two upper deck cards on the left and picture from NHL.com auctions show those.
The signature on the jersey that the EPS officer is showing is really not even close.
Speaking of Google, if the person claims to work for a company and doesn’t come up on their website, or through a phone call, then maybe they don’t work there.
The easiest way is to stop these fakes from existing would be having people be better humans and not make these fakes and run scams in the first place. Unfortunately, where there is a quick buck to be made, there will always be those trying to exploit it.
At the end of the day, when choosing to spend your hard-earned money on something signed by the greatest hockey player on the planet, just make sure you give yourself the best chance at not being taken in a scam.