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CAUTION! You are buying wines that do not exist!

For almost 2 years, I have been observing a dubious seller, who put wines in the 6-digit range on eBay, who offers me and other renowned traders noblest wines and who is known to the LKA and the public prosecutor's office. The files fill several folders and yet he continues blithely. Under different names, he also offers top wines from Lafite Rothschild 1982 to larger amounts of Romanee Conti on Wein-Plus. Wein-Plus deletes these offers on the marketplace but the persistence of the ominous seller is remarkable. He is constantly trying to offer wines with new names.

Lafite, Latour, Romaneé Conti at bargain prices

Since August 2008, Mr. X (name known to the editors) has been selling high-quality wines on eBay. In early 2009, a bottle of Lafite 1982 was offered under the eBay name "frenchwines1". A German wine connoisseur bought this bottle and paid for it. The seller was a Melissa Teres in 5020 Salzburg and the amount was transferred to an account at the Kärntner Sparkasse. The German buyer Mr. K. received the bottle and was horrified to discover that the label was fake. It got even worse, because when Mr. K. removed the capsule, the year 1984 became visible on the cork. The price difference between the two Lafite vintages 1984 and 1982 is more than EUR 1000! I already reported the member "frenchwines1" to eBay at the beginning of the auction and after 2 days the account was blocked. Too late for Mr. K. But he filed a complaint with the German police in the meantime. How active the alleged fraudster was at that time (the case was not yet closed at the time of going to press according to the public prosecutor's office in Klagenfurt) is proven by an offer to Mr. K. from a certain Gerald Lessiak in 1100 Wien. The name and address are fictitious, only the account details were again the already known account at the Kärntner Sparkasse. Mr K. was supposed to transfer EUR 5000 to this account for 4 bottles of Lafite 1982. The customer decided against this because of the knowledge he had gained in the meantime. As member "autoxpd07", Mr. X continued blithely to get the money of bona fide wine lovers.

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