malsshakeyleg, on 18 May 2013 - 05:52 AM, said:
Just an update on this.
I was able to verify the guitar was genuine, via a combination of photos from seller, Gibson and you knowledgeable folks
The seller was a fraud. I found the guitar on Gumtree (UK) and exchanged many emails with the seller. Her prefered method of payment was 3V Visa Vouchers (?, yeah me neither) anyway i looked into that and they are a legit payment thing. But when she sent me the Google Wallet (?, yes i hadn't either but it's also legit) to pay my suspicions were quickly aroused. It was clearly a fake Google invoice, but a pretty good effort at one. Luckily i didn't bite and saved myself a fair bit of lost £££ in the process
I doubt we can trace her (or a him, who knows really) but Google's fraud team are investigating it. The seller obviously had the guitar as i requested specific photos and got them back within an hour. Shame we can't trace them from that alone
So if you see that guitar up for sale, ALERT someone
Thanks for the update! Also, just fyi for anyone watching this thread, handwritten serial number and/or model on these COAs is not uncommon at all.