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Fake Pit Checks - An Appeal on behalf of Telford & Wrekin Council TS.

Dear members & collectors

I am posting this message on behalf of Dominic Jones, a Compliance Officer (Trading Standards) representing Telford & Wrekin Council.

Dominic has been approached by several colliery check collectors over the last year regarding the current spate of fantasy and fake tokens are continuing to be entering the market via Ebay. A large file of case intelligence has been built up on this issue. In order to take things further I have been asked to publicise a request for those who have purchased such fake tokens from Ebay to register the fact with Dominic and to offer to provide their tokens as evidence which one or more expert witness in the field of mining paranumismatics can later pass un-biased judgement on, with regards to their authenticity, in a court of law. Furthermore Dominic would like to hear from any suitably qualified and experienced collectors (NMMA members or otherwise) who are willing to provide their services as expert witnesses.

I understand that Dominic is working with other trading Standards authorities around the UK on the above issue and appears to be taking the lead and acting as a central hub for all intelligence as case evidence is further compiled pending further action.

If you can assist on either of the above requests please contact;

Dominic Jones
Compliance Officer (Trading Standards)
Public Protection
Telford & Wrekin Council
Darby House
01952 381989

NMMA Webmaster

Re: Fake Pit Checks - An Appeal on behalf of Telford & Wrekin Council TS.

Excellent news from Mark on behalf of Dominic at TTS.

Unfortunately I think the Faker will now disappear into the woodwork before he is brought to justice, but that will be a result!!

Can all who have bought checks from the Faker cooperate with Dominic to nail the Faker for once and for all. It will also send a message out to any other would be frauds to steer clear of making fraudulent memorabilia.

Re: Fake Pit Checks - An Appeal on behalf of Telford & Wrekin Council TS.

I have done as Mark and Dominic requested and contacted Dominic with the background of my knowledge of the FAKER and his workings and claims over the last several years.

I hope that all other Members and Collectors who can provide information about either purchase of fake checks or knowledge about his various checks not being an authentic check for the pits concerned. Anything whatsoever that would help the case Dominic is building would be greatly appreciated by them, and us of course in stopping the pollution of our hobby.