HUNDREDS of “fake” McDonald’s Monopoly stickers are being flogged on eBay for more than £50 each.
The tiles are being sold on the bidding site, with gamers splashing out in an attempt to get their hands on top prizes.
eBay McDonald’s is warning players that some of the tokens on eBay are fakes
But even though the tiles may have come from McDonald’s Monopoly packaging, selling them actually makes them worthless.
In the game’s terms and conditions, the fast food chain holds the right to “disqualify anyone who sells, gives away or discloses (or attempts to do any of these things) a Game Piece, Game Piece Code, Online Code, prize or other award”.
One listing shows a winning Fleet Street sticker – which comes with a Now TV one year subscription and Smart Stick – that was sold for £54.
Another shows an almost-complete set of stickers available for £50. The buyer would simply need to get their hands on one extra sticker from McDonald’s in order to win a prize but it ended up selling for just £3.
eBay One seller was running a lucky dip on two of the most sought after tokens
eBay Another seller sparked a bidding war with their job-lot of Monopoly tokens
One joblot of 15 tokens sparked a bidding war that saw 14 offers before being sold for £21 to a buyer who needed them to complete their own set.
But McDonald’s has warned many of the stickers are counterfeits and says buyers would not be able to claim any prizes.
Some of the rarest and therefore much sought-after stickers – such as Mayfair and Park Lane – are being snapped up by players desperate to get their hands on the £100,000 cash prize.
In order to win the top cash prize, gamers must have both a valid Park Lane and Mayfair sticker but there are only four valid stickers in circulation.
The rarest McDonald’s Monopoly tilesTHESE are the most sought-after tokens in the giveaway – so keep hold of them to win, and don’t throw them in the bin!
Dark Blue – Mayfair – £100,000 (four available)
Green – Bond Street – Mini Cooper (20 available, including five instant wins)
Yellow – Coventry Street – £2,000 holiday with LoveHolidays (50 available)
Red – Strand – PS4 Pro (650 available, including 150 instant wins)
Train stations – London Liverpool Street – A phone of your choice with a one year Sky Mobile contract (400 available, including 100 instant wins)
Orange – Marlborough Street – Urbanears wireless headphones (2,000 available, including 1,000 instant wins)
Pink – Northumberland Avenue – £50 JD sports voucher (7,000 available, including 2,000 instant wins)
Light Blue – Euston Road – £30 Boohoo voucher (18,000 available, including 4,000 instant wins)
Brown – Old Kent Road – Medium extra value meal (2million available)
Despite this, dozens of fakes are available for sale on eBay.
One listing shows a sticker for either Mayfair or Park Lane that was sold for £32 after a war of 26 bids.
The listing – which claimed it was raising money for charity – said: “You will receive [either] 1 Park Lane or 1 Mayfair. Picked at random.”
An astonishing total of 470 stickers have already been sold on eBay.
The top-priced items are being sold for more than 10 times the price of a McDonald’s Medium Meal, which costs £4.69.
A McDonald’s spokesperson said: “We are aware that a very small number of people are using potentially counterfeit McDonald’s Monopoly stickers.
“Anyone attempting to use what our restaurant teams believe to be counterfeit stickers will not be able to redeem a prize.”
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Dozens of prizes – including a Mini Cooper and PS4 Games Console – are on offer in the Monopoly game.
McDonald’s this year slashed the number of stickers on large meal items from two to three in a bid to encourage people to make healthier choices.
And for the first time, customers will also be able to find stickers on the side of healthy menu items – such as carrots and side salads.
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