Sunday, February 24, 2008

$3 Million Bid for Record Collection Apparent Fraud

The winning bid from Ireland of $3,002,150 for a massive record collection offered by Paul Mawhinney, of Ross Township, PA was apparently a fraudulent bid.

J. Paul Henderson, an agent for the sale, said he was notified by an eBay executive Friday night that the bid was not legitimate and that the bidder's account had been suspended.The Irish gentleman whose screen name "jopsoup" appeared as the winning bid said he was unaware of the bid until after it had been entered and claimed that he had been a victim of identity theft.

Mr. Mawhinney indicates that he intends to re-list the collection and run the auction in a more semi-private fashion with screened bidders.

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