Counterfeit PCGS Slabs - Can More Be Done?
This is intended to throw out some ideas. Maybe all bad but maybe not.
First is a link to another thread from burfle23 if you want to review some of the counterfeit slabs and information in it which got me thinking.
For each of the below Number Items it could be stated that this could give the counterfeiter more information or similar. This could be true but it appears that the counterfeiters have access to slab photos and information since many now have correct cert numbers and basically correct slab type to the real slab if and when the real slab is found in auction or inventory.
Number1 - Add the bar code to the Cert lookup page. This would just be a single line in the item list. The thought is that many counterfeit slabs do not have a correct bar code. While someone could scan the bar code to determine this, sometimes they might not have a scanner or think about it. A bar code line on the Cert lookup page could be a reminder and also give them a bar code to compare to without a scanner.
Number2 - On the Cert lookup page and for the ones that have the De-activated note or come up with a notice that the cert number is no longer active and due to counterfeit slabs (see other thread link above), then also add a link to the type of holder (example museum of holders) that was used for this cert number. This may not be too applicable since the Cert is not active but the real slab may still be out there. This would let the user know what it should look like. Also I am not sure how confident pcgs is in the type of holder used.
Number3 - Creat a new pcgs counterfeit slab web page. There would be a link to this page on all Cert lookup pages and at the bottom of the pcgs home page.
The page would contain more specific information and photos of the various pcgs slabs and what to look for to potentially determine if a slab is counterfeit. It could focus more on known issues with some of the counterfeit slabs that have been discovered so far. Example - no pcgs logo in the plastic on the front. There are many other items that have been seen to list but just giving one example.
The page could then show some examples of some known counterfeit slabs.
The page could also have a link or tab to the list of known counterfeit Cert numbers (de-activated, no longer active...).
The page could have a form to fill out to report suspected counterfeit slabs.
Number4 - Stretching a little bit but a new pcgs webpage/App where someone could enter a Cert number and photo of the front and back of the slab. The photo could be their own or from online for sale.
This will need some disclaimers of course. Also the quality of the photos could/would limit the webpage/App ability.
The webpage/App would then return the applicable Number1 and Number3 information (see above) but would also 'check' the slab photos and cert number for potential issues. Example - again using the pcgs logo in the plastic on the front. If not visible to the webpage/App, then it could return 'Verifly pcgs logo' or similar and point to the specific item on the Number3 webpage. Again there are multiple other items but just giving one example.
It could also check the bar code and QR code and compare front and back label compatibility. Miscellaneous label details. Could it even detect if the Font on the label is incorrect? The inner coin ring?.....more? That's the idea.
Sounds like a 'Project' to me but it was a thought. Could start with limited ability (most known counterfeit slab type) but be continuously developing. Just sounds cool so I thought I would throw it out there.
That is it for now. Thoughts? Crazy?
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