Dear Perth Mint Distributor
We’ve recently been informed about fake Kangaroo Minted Gold Bars being offered for sale in lookalike black plastic cards – see illustration below.
We report cases like this to the Australian Federal Police and also to eBay with a request to have the offending items removed from sale.
Fake Kangaroo Minted Gold Bars
Unfortunately, replicas, counterfeit items and unauthorized copies represent an ever increasing problem, putting the onus firmly on buyers to be as vigilant as possible.
To help your customers avoid being duped by people offering these fakes, I am pleased to offer the following guidance:
Genuine Kangaroo Minted Gold Bars
In comparison to this representation of a genuine Kangaroo Minted Gold Bar in black card, the fake features several obvious discrepancies:
The fake black card omits our black swan ‘water mark’ logo on the front.
The fake product is encased in an inelegant plastic sleeve featuring crimped edges.
The fake black card features the words “CertiCard® SECURITY CASE” instead of “The Perth Mint tamper-evident case”.
The letter ‘B’ is omitted from the six-digit bar number on the back of the black card.
With the bars themselves, we also believe the fake exhibits a discernible drop in ‘strike’ quality demonstrated by fuzziness to the Perth Mint logo and specifications.
The Perth Mint always recommends to customers that purchasing products from approved Perth Mint distributors is the best way to avoid any unnecessary risk.
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