Historical society and bookseller fighting eBay scam

 Historical society and bookseller fighting eBay scam

If a deal looks too good to be true, it probably is.

The president of the Conrail Historical Society, Inc., and a railroad bookseller are blowing the whistle on a scam that has resulted in fraudulent billing of hundreds if not thousands of dollars’ worth of railroad-hobby merchandise, using the online auction site eBay. They’re working with postal inspectors, the FBI, and state attorneys general to halt the illegal practice.

Rudy Garbely, president of the historical society and operator of the nonprofit organization’s retail site, The Conrail Shoppe, and Lee Rosenberg, owner of Ron’s Books of Harrison, N.Y., among others, have been victims of the fraud. Customers are mostly unaware of the situation, which has involved the products of not only the historical society but also Kalmbach Media, White River Productions, Withers Publishing, Garbely Publishing, and other railroad historical societies. The items offered for sale on…

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