Given the kind of security measures that Utah libraries implemented after the
Hoffmann forgeries, I'm surprised this could have happened. Then again, I
don't know what the BYU or USU security is like; I've only gone to the
U of U Marriott library post-Hoffmann. But that was eye-opening enough. You
weren't allowed to bring in any outside materials; you could use a
library-supplied pencil on library-supplied colored paper, and any materials you
wanted to look at would be brought out and returned by library personnel, who
monitored the reading room. With those restrictions, I don't know how
you'd be able to swap out a photo, even if you'd stuffed it into your
It's hard to believe this is still happening after all the publicity of
Mark Hoffman and his amazing story of sociopathic fraud and murder.I
guess the notoriety wears off after 35+ years.
This is a sad story. Beware of those who would put on a sheep's clothing
over their wolf's body. How insidious the love of money can be and how
completely it can corrupt even seemingly good people.
People / Universities with rare documents need to have a room for people to
inspect the documents that have cameras in them.
This is why I will not buy rare coins. These too, are too easily countfited.I've had phone sales companies call me offering to sell coins
valued because of their numustic value. I told them I don't buy such coins
because they can be counterfeited and one never knows if they are a counterfeit
or not.The salesman then said that any coin they sell has a
certificate of authenticity. I almost laughed telling the salesman how can I
know the certificate is telling the truth.