"I looked at the seller's feedback and there was nothing negative. I bought it there and then because I thought it was a good deal. It said 'photo' and I was in two minds, but I looked at the description and the fact it was in the right category made me think it was genuine." —"A Nottingham teenager says he has been duped into buying a photograph of an XBox One console on eBay – for £450."
One look at the Treasure Hunters Roadshow operation and it's clear what popular program the operation is exploiting. The Illinois-based traveling con has little in common with PBS' Antiques Roadshow beyond a treasure chest logo and a similar name. Another thing it shares is a popularity based on a decreasingly well-off population's desperate hope that a lifetime of treasuring material things will somehow, miraculously, be monetarily profitable.
A national cultural failure, for sure. But the real tragedy is that this swindle is being underwritten by the very organizations charged with protecting their respective communities from just such chicanery.