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Man tries flimflam with Expo stamps

THE market is so brisk in Expo passports pre-filled with pavilion stamps that a would-be entrepreneur decided to go one better: Skip the work of collecting the stamps from pavilions, and forge them instead.

He was detained by local police.

The case is still under investigation, and it's unknown whether the man actually sold any of the souvenir passports with the counterfeit stamps, according to Pudong police.

The man used to be a security guard at one of the national pavilions at the World Expo site, reported the Oriental Morning Post.

He and his "partners" asked others to forge several dozen seals, including those of the most popular national pavilions, such as the China and Saudi Arabia pavilions.

He paid 100 yuan (US$14.60) for each forged stamp seal, said the newspaper.

Passports filled with a ready-made collection of pavilion stamps have been in hot demand online.

More than 900 entries concerning the sale of Expo passports with collected stamps appear on taobao.com, China's biggest online business platform. Each passport with 100-plus stamps costs 280 yuan.

The leading seller on taobao had sold more than 100,000 Expo passports as of Thursday night.

Outside the Germany Pavilion, a scalper holding at least 20 copies of Expo passports told Shanghai Daily yesterday that a passport with a full of collection of the 47 pavilions printed on the passport and all the other stamps available at the Expo site can fetch up to 3,500 yuan.




 

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