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> Has ANYONE ever seen a Fed walking through a craft show or even a
> trade show, snatching samples to analyze or checking to see if
> they are properly marked/hallmarked?
YES!!! Not a trade show, but a chain dealer who was essentially a
crook - making 9 and 10 karat chains and stamping them (after
plating) 18kt. Put them out of business, thankfully....