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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.

Latest News

4 December, 2003

Alterations: The Saratoga Ring ID's tremor111 and 32gyt78 are now suspended, and no activities on internet auction sites have since been linked to the ring.

14 October, 2003

Fakes and Forgeries: Florida seller atdinvest is attempting to sell his forgery "business" on eBay. Among the paraphernalia offered are thousands of sheets and blocks, hundreds of handstamps, perforation equipment and over 80 CDs containing "data of proofs and documents". When the first listing does not sell at US$49,900, the price is raised to US$69,900. Both auctions completed with no bids.

7 October, 2003

Alterations: chickfrdstk, an infamous member of the Saratoga Ring, is suspended on eBay.

5 October, 2003

Alterations: chickfrdstk, an infamous member of the Saratoga Ring, is purchasing stamps on eBay again.

31 May, 2003

Alterations: eBay's investigations and the suspension of pcheltenham have prompted the Saratoga Ring to move their auctions to Yahoo, using the seller ID goldmedalauctions, a name similar to Gregory Stolow's previous mail order auction business "Gold Medal Mail Sales".

31 May, 2003

eBay News: The ever-tightening censorship of the eBay Stamp chat board prompted long-time fraud-fighting supporter Dave Frick to set up a new StampChat board where eBay auctions could be discussed in a friendly welcoming atmosphere without fear of posts being deleted.

See the eBay page for archived SCADS news.

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