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Fake Law Enforcement Badges and ID Available on eBay Endanger Police, Public

May 10, 2016  | 

This fake FBI Identification Card is offered on eBay with the option of the buyer’s own name and photo. 
This fake FBI Identification Card is offered on eBay with the option of the buyer’s own name and photo. 

E-Commerce giant eBay is selling counterfeit law enforcement and police badges, and government IDs, according to an industry group.

"eBay claims 'You can't list replicas, fakes, counterfeits, or other illegal copies on eBay' but the fact is that counterfeit and replica law enforcement badges and accompanying identification are being sold on eBay," says the Counterfeit Report . There are more than 100 eBay listings that are in violation of eBay policy or guidelines for police items and badges. Fake police credentials can be made to order, with the identification complete with the buyers own name and photo, posing a particularly serious threat to national security, consumer safety and public confidence.

Inexplicably, eBay even solicits buyers to purchase the fraudulent items through direct email solicitations despite eBay's policy of not allowing badges from law enforcement or government identification cards, including movie props or reproductions, the group says.


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db in AZ @ 5/10/2016 4:36 PM

Ebay needs to shutdown this fraudulent activity immediately and then prosecuted for any harm it has caused by breaching their own policy. Companies/people need to be held responsible for their actions or there is no deterrent for further criminal activity including forgery. I never used Ebay...but now have a credible reason as to why. I wonder if ebay notifies the customer as to the penalty for impersonating a police/federal officer?

kevcopAz @ 5/10/2016 5:41 PM

More and more each day Im starting to think we need laws to prohibit these things on the internet and heaven forbid, the government needs to do it. I really hate to say that but obviously the private sector can't or wont do it. Bay should be sued by anyone that becomes a victim thru the use of these fraudulent IDs. $ is all these companies think about. Perhaps e-bay should be charged with aiding and abetting impersonation of police/federal officers. Perhaps that would wake them up.

db in AZ @ 5/10/2016 7:55 PM

I normally don't respond to other comments...however KevcopAZ has enhanced my beliefs as usual....must be the sun here that keeps us clear minded and logical. Maybe a cup of joe at the TTT someday Kev?

plato's playdough @ 5/13/2016 12:37 AM

As far as investigative journalism goes, I would have really been interested to have heard the gross sales figures of these items, if you catch my drift.

John Carpenter @ 5/16/2016 1:12 AM

Been in law enforcement for 36 years, they have been selling these items all those years, no reason to make mountain out of mole hill

John @ 5/16/2016 7:51 AM

This has been going on for the 36 years I have been in LE, you get someone on occasion uses one for bad purposes, if they don't get it on ebay, there are plenty of other places to get them

Fred @ 12/18/2017 2:39 PM

There are some who misuse these items but there are true collectors who buy these for display at home ,, I don’t recommend wearing them in public as that will cause a serious issue,, my brother collects them on display in his home they been selling them for many years and they are not going to stop selling them

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