Don't be fooled into false sense of security if you are given a serial number to check on guitar dater project site
You can actually make up a serial number of your own and it will report the guitar being made at an official factory.
For example you could enter EE08093456 ...where EE is the Qingdao epiphone factory.. 08 being 2008 ....09 being the month......3456 being plucked from the air..
The site will report the guitar being made at the Qingdao China factory in September of 2008.....
Oh to have time travel !
Hope this helps dealing with the Scam