Scam Alerts

This page is designed to warn buyers and sellers about reported scammers and fraudulent purchases or sales. In the event of fraudulent transactions with PayPal, please report them to PayPal. If you were a victim of a crime, we highly recommend filing a complaint with the Internet Crime Complain Center (ic3.gov), which will inform the FBI and state law enforcement agencies as well as international law enforcement agencies. We also recommend contacting local law enforcement as well. These agencies may be able to recover stolen money and coins from the other side of the world as well as put someone in prison.



April 18, 2015

Seller listing coins at prices too good to be true - multiple accounts

We received a number of complaints and reported items regarding a seller who is signing up under multiple usernames and listing coins at prices "too good to be true". They originally listed 1 ounce gold coins for $100 - which were worth $1,300 and also sold rare coins at extremely discounted prices. Luckily we were able to ban most of the accounts before anyone purchased anything. Here is a list of the large number of usernames they attempted to use since 3/22/2016:


abp
abp012
abraham
alberto
albertp0
albrt
albrt0
albrtk
american
betterdate
blank
blee31236
bogggs
buu
cc33
chris012
chrispinsoncp
chriszcoinz
chrpin12
cin
clp
coinzclp
coro123
cruz0
daves2166
dennis0
dilldollar
flying79
gg03
gg3
heagen
iverson
jay
jaygen
jayhgn
jgen
jheagen
jhgn
jjgen
jk111
jk1224
jkell
jkelley01
jkelly
joannscollectibles
jodkdl
joe111
joek
joseph
josph
kendallrobertson
lehkarmavore
lekarmavore
manswag36
mgwcoins
michaelpam1
michelle3
mlawrence
mmijad
nickeh
nickelnick
nickk
nlee84
nucka
ohnickel
onickel
pinson
pinson0
psykskallar
registo
rodgercoins
rodgerharris
seanishere
shibug
shyalious
sleepy
spook1970
stop02
tmk112
vipir

If you purchased anything from any of the usernames above using PayPal, we highly recommend contacting PayPal to request a refund. PayPal's Buyer Protection is excellent in refunding money in cases like this. In the meantime, we are working with PayPal and making test payments in order to track down the scammer and gather any additional information. If you have any additional information regarding this seller, we recommend reporting it to the Internet Crime Complain Center (ic3.gov), as they are involved with the FBI and local law enforcement, and they were successful in busting previous scammers on USA Coin Book in the past.

At this time, we HIGHLY recommend being extra cautious when purchasing items from new sellers with no feedback history, especially if they are also offering coins at prices "too good to be true".



December 20, 2015

Seller Listing Counterfeit Coins - Newberry, Florida and New York

We received a recent report of a scammer listing very high-valued counterfeit coins and silver bullion coins. We found that they also had another account we banned a few years ago. Luckily no one was scammed on USA Coin Book as this was caught in time, but here are the two usernames we have banned:


southernrarecoins
Allen (banned in 2012)

Also, here are the addresses for these usernames:

Jerry Fox
P.O. Box # 954
Newberry, Florida, 32669
Allen White
P.O. Box # 421
Newberry, Florida, 32669

In the report that we received, this member is also using the alias "Jeff White" and is based out of New York, so keep an eye out for any suspicious members that have similar information and/or address info. As always, use due diligence when purchasing any high-valued items from new members with no feedback history.



June 12, 2013

Evansville, Indiana Crook and Scammer Has Been Arrested!

We are extremely happy to announce that we've received a report the Evansville, Indiana crook who has been scamming members at USA Coin Book for the past year, has been arrested, is now in jail and is awaiting prosecution. USA Coin Book and other coin collectors in the industry have been reporting the man, Blake King, to the Evansville Police Department. They finally caught up with him as he was traveling back and forth between Indiana and Florida.

How you may possibly get your coins back

The US Postal Inspector of Evansville Indiana is currently compiling a case against Blake King. Anyone who has been ripped off and lost coins to this fraudulent scammer, please contact the US Postal Inspector as it may be possible to retrieve your stolen items and also build up a case:


Andrew Zeman - US Postal Inspector
Evansville, Indiana Domicile
Phone Number: 812-429-3426
Email: ajzeman@uspis.gov

This scammer is responsible for at least the scam alerts listed on May 4, 2013, January 29, 2013 and July 27, 2012 - essentially most of the known scams listed below on this scam alert page. If you've been scammed by any of the multiple usernames listed during those dates below, we recommend contacting Andrew Zeman to build a case against this scammer and potentially get your stolen items back.

Blake King
Name: Blake Aaron King
Location: Evansville, Indiana
Age: 26 Years
Processing Date: 03-19-2013


May 4, 2013

Scammer with multiple accounts - Fake Checks

We have been notified of a buyer who has purchased a number of coins from various sellers. It appears that they are contacting members through private messages and/or buying coins using checks and money orders. Some sellers have reported that the checks are indeed fake and will not clear at the bank. Never ship your coins out until your checks clear and when you have actually received payment. We found that they have 5 usernames (based out of Evansville, Indiana again under a different IP address branch) and have banned them until further notice:



morgandollardmpl
krccoin
krccoin111
krcllc
bkauctions

Also, sellers can "Cancel" their invoices with this buyer - which will delete the invoices, automatically re-list your coins for sale as they were before and remove any USA Coin Book fees based on those invoices. To do this, please view your "Sold" invoices list and select "Cancel Invoice" from the dropdown options on the items you have sold to this buyer. Always remember: Never ship out your coins until your payment is secure in the bank, especially with checks and money orders.



January 29, 2013

Scammer with multiple accounts - Bounced Checks

We have been notified of a buyer who has purchased a number of coins from various sellers. It appears that they made a few small legit payments to boost their feedback rating and then sent bounced checks for larger, more expensive orders. We found that they have 4 usernames and have banned them until further notice:


lincoln007
superiorinvestmentsllc
sigincorp
superiorcapitalgroup

It appears to be the same scammer from July 27, 2012 with similar usernames, but operating from a different location based out of Evansville, Indiana. To any sellers who have sold coins to "lincoln007" or the above usernames, please be cautious.

Also, sellers can "Cancel" their invoices with this buyer - which will delete the invoices, automatically re-list your coins for sale as they were before and remove any USA Coin Book fees based on those invoices. To do this, please view your "Sold" invoices list and select "Cancel Invoice" from the dropdown options on the items you have sold to this buyer. Always remember: Never ship out your coins until your payment is secure.



July 27, 2012

Scammer under multiple accounts

We have been notified by various buyers and seller about a member not sending out coins and not paying for coins. Upon further research, we found that this member has 10 different accounts:


ahgalleries
dbkcoin
heritagenumismaticservices
naacoin
kingnumismatics
superiorcoinstamp
jlcoin
srcoin
superiorcoinbullion
superiorcoin
scgscoin

These 10 accounts have been locked until further notice. Apparently, this member is not responding to most emails but has been willing to return money to some members using Google Checkout or PayPal. In the past, this member has apparently been fair, but there is no way to tell if they are tricking members with false positive feedback. Either way, we recommend ceasing all sales and transactions as well as getting any money back from this member considering the suspicious activities of these 10 accounts.



March 20, 2012

Russian Buyer Scam Alert

We were notified today by seller and PayPal about a fraudulent buyer from Russia going by the names collectman and Uncharted. They signed up at USA Coin Book using a stolen PayPal account and are buying coins from sellers. After sellers have shipped out coins, PayPal discovers the buyer account was stolen, tries to recover the funds from the seller and the seller loses the payment and coins. This scammer was using the follow shipping addresses and names:


Oleg Akmurzaev
St. Lenina 73 35
Yoshkar-Ola, Mari-El, 424003
Russia
Eduard Akmurzaev
Kirova 11V 22
Yoshkar-Ola, Mari-El, 424000
Russia

We have locked both of these accounts, so they won't be allowed to purchase coins. This message is a warning for sellers to be on the lookout for any suspicious buyers and addresses like this. If you encounter this seller with another account name, do not ship the coins out and report them to us so that we can block them. Also, report the buyer to PayPal and local law enforcement. When you have to refund money in this case, we will refund the fees back to your account as well.