Did You Purchase an Item from Anthony Nurse or Charity Fundraising Packages? Please Let me Know...

I saw items at an auction recently that I believe to be forgeries. I'm in the process of trying to figure out if they are real or not, and would like to hear from others on experiences they've had with Anthony Nurse or his company -- Charity Fundraising Packages.

I remember being at a party 15 years ago, and somebody had a signed "Hotel California" album by the Eagles. It was fake, and I knew it was. I asked the guy how he acquired it. He told me an auction for his sons school. I didn't have the heart to tell him.

So, when I saw another fake Hotel California album at this auction, it made me cringe.

Anyway...please contact me if you purchased a forgery or ANYTHING from this company -- and I'll see if Steve and Roger can help me authenticate these items, and we'll move into the next steps involved (if, in fact, they are forged items).

It's bad enough if forged items are sold to unsuspecting people, but to do it in the name of a charity is just despicable. 

(and a website that shows generic pictures of bands signing for 50 fans doesn't prove anything...neither does a photo of Anthony Nurse standing by Rod Stewart at a book signing).

At book signings, they don't let you bring albums, cds, or guitars. They sign THE BOOK ONLY. And having a photo taking with somebody, doesn't make any autographed item you sell "authentic." Most people don't realize that.

Anyway....contact me at: joshboard87@gmail.com

Thank you!

(or post your stories on this thread)

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Tags: Anthony Nurse, Charity Fundraising Packages, Forgery, autograph authenticity, charity auctions, fake autographs

Comment by Steve Cyrkin, Community Manager on October 18, 2016 at 3:39pm

I just googled "Charity Fundraising Packages." They're still up but the URL is now www.cfr1.org/. Your blog is #3 under that search term.

Comment by Steve Cyrkin, Community Manager on April 20, 2017 at 11:30pm

Josh,

Here's the Star Wars "cast-signed" poster you couldn't upload. Sorry for the hassle:

Comment by Schroeder on April 22, 2017 at 1:36pm
The strat above is really bad. Is it supposed to be the stones and Jimmy Page?
Comment by Steve Cyrkin, Community Manager on April 22, 2017 at 8:05pm

I'm posting this for Josh because the site hasn't been playing well with him recently:

Josh was contacted by someone who told him about this:

I was recently involved as a volunteer for a fundraising event for a local small school (I'm sure you know exactly where this post is going).  The night of the event, things were so busy I really didn't question the authenticity of the items - I mean, they were there for charity to raise money. Seemed kind of legit. Except that the conditions that the items were provided under all seemed too good to be true, if the items were indeed genuine. Very few items sold, with the most valuable being a Rolling Stones guitar.  The following day, my husband expressed an interest in purchasing the Abbey Road album, and since the items hadn't been shipped back, we still could have.  This is when I had a bad feeling in my gut, began researching, and came across this thread and several others on this site, all mentioning Charity Fundraising Packages and/or RM Real COAs. I was initially hoping that I was going to find some kind of mention somewhere that Paul and Ringo signed a boatload of albums to go to charity. Nope. Rolling Stones signing a boatload of cheap Squire guitars to be auctioned for charity? Nope. RM Real is legit? Nope. Everything pointed to the fact that all of the items were forgeries. After even more research, I realized they are not even very good forgeries at that.

I brought all of this to the attention of the charity organizer and she notified the individuals that purchased the items that sold. Unfortunately, they do not want to return the items.  My thinking is that they do not want to believe they are fake, they still put trust in the COA because it has a pretty, shiny hologram and their website seems legit, or maybe they think that the school got a much larger portion of the money that they paid for the items. I'm not sure. In reality, the school got a few hundred bucks and the company gets a couple thousand (for a cheap guitar, a frame, a piece of paper, and the cost of a Sharpie), and a couple of very generous people have been duped at our expense.  I feel sick over this whole thing because of that!

I cannot let this go without at the very least posting the photos that were taken of the items at the event and letting it be known that this fraud still taking place, all in the hopes of helping to prevent others from being victims of this scam. It's sick that they prey on organizers who are trying to raise money for good causes, but as the old adage goes, "if it seems too good to be true, it probably is." I just wish I had questioned it the day of the event and that we never even displayed bogus items, or allowed the buyers to be duped!  

Just wondering, has anything ever come of a formal investigation into this agency? This should absolutely be criminal!   

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