A retro game collector has been accused of selling forgeries worth over $100,00 since at least 2015, involving games such as Ultima, Akalabeth, and Mystery Hose. Purchased from Enrico Ricciardi, buyers have compared notes and discovered irregularities in print quality, labels, and even blank floppy disks. Images with detailed explanations of the problems can be viewed here and here. Riciardi has since been removed from the Big Box PC Game Collectors group. An Anti-Scammers Guide has been posted to prevent fraud and counterfeiting. No legal action has been taken, but the buyers are determining the best course of action.
This used to be the center pieces of my collection. Rare and expensive old games.— Dominus of Exult (@Dominus_Exult) May 30, 2022
Now it turns out I‘ve been scammed and sold forgeries by a well known figure in the Ultima and tetrogames community. Along with many others#ultima #akalabeth @RichardGarriott pic.twitter.com/wuiAQPSuG2
There is no doubt it is fake, but the floppy was examined to see how fake. It‘s blank! Not unreadable but blank, nothing on it.— Dominus of Exult (@Dominus_Exult) May 30, 2022