Regardless I doubt seriously if their bottles are faked, they are an authentic on-line retailer.
As said before they scrape the serial numbers off so that it can't be traced as to the origin of where they got the fragrance from. In actuality the wholesaler who sends it to beauty encounter is more than likely the ones that scrape the serial numbers off not beauty encounter.
Just think TM makes the fragrance, they don't give it directly to BE, however some other company has a inside source with TM who can probably get them a bulk of bottles on the low-low (cheap) so that's probably where the numbers get scraped off and when BE receives it, its already done.
The bottles probably go through 4 sets of hands before they get to you. Fragrance House, Fragrance House insider, Wholesaler (probably has a connect in many Houses, hence Creed serial numbers scraped off), BE, and You.
All a conspiracy!!!!! Lol