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'Sam Sung' auction draws fakes

By Michael Mui, 24 Hours Vancouver

Sam Sung's Apple business card. (SUBMITTED)

Sam Sung's Apple business card. (SUBMITTED)

The seller of an Apple business card bearing his name Sam Sung is a little disappointed to find out the $80,000 bid his charity auction rapidly grew to wasn’t real — the real highest bid is just $1,900.

Initially, the sheer irony of hearing about an Apple employee sharing the name with arguably one of the company’s chief electronic-device rivals was enough to generate five-digit number bids within a day.

But Jennifer Peterson, director of the local Children’s Wish Foundation chapter, said they’d suspected earlier that many were not serious bidders.

The money is supposed to go towards the local chapter, which needs $10,000 for every wish it grants to children.

“I know Sam is feeling disappointed, but we are very proud to be his charity of choice and support him along the way,” she said in a statement.

“Sam is a very generous individual who has chosen to support our mission of fulfilling the most heartfelt wishes of seriously ill children, and we will be grateful for whatever the outcome may be.”

Sung had been an Apple employee at the Pacific Centre location. The card, which is encased in a frame with his old uniform and lanyard, was his last remaining business card.

“I hope my old business card will go to another Apple enthusiast with a sense of humour and desire to help raise some money for a good cause,” Sung said in an earlier statement.

The auction remains open on eBay until 10 p.m. on Aug. 15. 

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