Monday, March 10, 2014

Online Scams Using Fraudulent Federal Firearms Licenses

March 7, 2014

TO ALL FEDERAL FIREARMS LICENSEES AND FIREARM PURCHASERS

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is providing the
following information to make you aware of fraudulent online firearms sales. Some
individuals are using fraudulently altered Federal firearms licenses to sell but never
deliver firearms online.


A typical online scam starts with an online firearm advertisement. Purchasers who
respond to the advertisement by telephone or email receive an invalid, counterfeit copy of
a license that appears to be valid. After sending payment, the purchaser never receives
the advertised firearm(s) and the fraudulent seller removes the original online
advertisement and contact information.

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