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Don't Get Duped By Fake Minted Bars

BULLION BARS AND COINS

We’ve recently been informed about fake Kangaroo Minted Gold Bars being offered for sale in lookalike black plastic cards. 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 you avoid being duped by people offering these fakes, we’re 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.

If you are even remotely suspicious about a Kangaroo Minted Gold Bar seen advertised for sale, our advice is to leave it well alone however tempting the asking price – there is no-knowing what the actual bar is made of!

To eliminate the risk entirely, of course, their safest course of action is to purchase directly from The Perth Mint or an approved Perth Mint distributor - listed here.

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