SCADS - Stamp Collectors Against Dodgy Sellers - fighting stamp auction fraud

Stamp Collectors Against Dodgy Sellers

Fakes and Forgeries
Misidentified Stamps
Hall of Shame
eBay News
Reference Info
Supporting SCADS
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SCADS was formed in response to an alarming increase in the number of altered, forged, and misidentified stamps advertised by Internet stamp dealers, primarily in online auctions such as eBay. 

SCADS is an international association of philatelists whose goals are to combat fraudulent and dishonest tactics by sellers of stamps, and to protect and educate the philatelic community at large from fraud, particularly the newer and less experienced stamp collectors who represent the future of the hobby.

Updated Expertization article to include Philatelic Stamp Authentication and Grading, Inc.

Last updated: November 2012

Reporting suspect items to eBay and the SCW

Last updated: August 2007.  Follow these simple steps to report questionable items on eBay and the Stamps Community Watch group (SCW).

Guidelines for buying stamps on eBay

Last updated: October 2004.  Read these before you buy on eBay! The SCADS Guidelines for buying stamps on eBay contains tips for eBay bidders.

Dodgy Sellers "Hall of Shame"

Last updated: April 2008.  The dodgy sellers "Hall of Shame" lists sellers who have used various unethical or questionable selling or listing practices, such as:

  • offering stamps using images stolen from other listings or auction sites
  • selling altered stamps not described as such
  • repeatedly misidentifying stamps
  • repeatedly offering stamps without describing faults
  • when informed of misdescriptions, reacting adversely (impolite or belligerent) or ignoring advice

In most cases, these behaviours have led to their being suspended from eBay or other internet sites.

Saratoga Ring resellers

Last updated: May 2007. List of resellers of altered stamps bought from the Saratoga Ring.

Latest News

February 26, 2007

MSNBC editor Mike Brunker interviews SCADS member George Kopecky in an in-depth follow-up article on the Saratoga ring alterations group.

January 29, 2007

Alterations: The latest Saratoga ring buying and selling IDs member98123 and peterpaul1969 are suspended from eBay.

June 26, 2006

Alterations: The latest Saratoga ring buying and selling IDs detocakes9 and 8834david are suspended from eBay.

April 28, 2006

Scams: David Holt is using alias Vladimir Kosov to scam buyers of antique clocks and watches as well as rare books.

April 15, 2006

Links: Link to Simon Dunkerley's new article "eBay - A useful resource and a place to beware!", as published in Stamp News March 2006 and subsequent issues.

April 6, 2006

Scams: David Holt is using new alias Vladimir Kosov of St Petersburg, Russia to perpetrate his rare book scams.

March 9, 2006

eBay: If you see a questionable item on eBay and you want it investigated by the Stamps Community Watch group (SCW), follow these simple steps to maximize the chances of your report getting through to them.

October 22, 2005

Expertizing: Links to Simon Dunkerley's and G. Kock's expertising articles.

January 16, 2005

Hall of Shame: List of dodgy sellers which have been suspended by eBay since the formation of the Stamps Community Watch group (SCW) and eBay's partnership with the APS. Details here.

More news is available in the News Archives.

More About SCADS

Want to learn more about SCADS and why it was formed?
See the SCADS charter and history page for details.

Want to assist in the fight against philatelic fraud?
See our SCADS Supporter page.

Want to pass any information or feedback to SCADS?
Send it to scads at scads dot org

We intend the information on this site to be accurate. Please contact us with information about any errors of fact.