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March 9, 2006
Reporting suspect items to eBay and the SCW
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.
August 28, 2004
eBay SCW workshop answers questions despite lack of attendance
An eBay workshop on the Stamps Community Watch (SCW) program held on August 23 provides answers to common questions about the program in spite of being poorly attended. Details here.
August 11, 2004
eBay and APS vetting non-US listings
eBay and APS are expanding their review committees to vet questionable non-US listings. Collectors are now seeing action being taken. Details here.
July 24, 2004
Checklist for sellers
eBay has added a new checklist for sellers when listing, as part of its efforts to educate sellers and reduce the number of questionable listings reported. Details here.
July 18, 2004
SCW and APS make impact in reducing fraud in US stamps category
eBay and APS, by working together, have managed to uncover and eliminate major sellers of fraudulent stamps. In the year since July 2003, the partnership has resulted in 18 suspensions from eBay. Details here.
July 11, 2004
Guidelines for buying stamps on eBay
A set of Guidelines for buying stamps on eBay has been published on this website. These tips for eBay bidders were prepared and updated by StampsChat+ and eBay Stamps chat board members, as an educational resource.
July 10, 2004
Off-eBay board answer to eBay chat board censorship
The ever-tightening censorship of the eBay Stamp chat board prompted long-time fraud-fighting supporter Dave Frick to set up the StampChat board where eBay auctions could be discussed in a friendly welcoming atmosphere without fear of posts being deleted. This was replaced by a new improved StampChat+ board. Read the latest details here.
December 2, 2003
APS hosts eBay workshop
eBay News: APS "Selling Stamps on eBay" workshop on eBay provide some answers to collectors' questions on eBay's new stamp selling policy and the process of vetting reported auctions of questionable items by the SCW group and the APS. Details here.
September 15, 2003
APS in partnership with eBay
eBay is working with the APS to reduce fraud on its site by tightening its policy on selling stamps, implementing a new APS code of ethics to be followed, and referring items regarded as questionable by its Stamps Community Watch (SCW) group (formerly the "Voices of eBay" committee) to the APS for further vetting. Details here.
June 6, 2003
Voices of eBay - new stamp community watch program
eBay is taking steps to reduce fraudulent auctions by recruiting knowledgeable volunteers for a "Voices of eBay" committee which is to vet reported auctions of questionable items. Details here.
May 31, 2003
eBay takes action against fraud
With more and more eBay Stamps chat board posts deleted by the eBay "Moderation" team, SCADS member George Kopecky has taken the case against the Saratoga Ring to the top. eBay Trust and Safety Vice President Rob Chesnut has affirmed that he will investigate their activities. Details here.
September 9, 2002
Is Dave Cunningham the official eBay stamp appraiser?
"Ask the Appraiser" offers an "on-line certificate" attesting to the market value of your stamps, based on scans. Full story here.
August 30, 2002
Signs of change? Con artist nailed quickly after eBay unveils new fraud report form
eBay has established a new mechanism for reporting fraudulent auctions. A zero-feedback user who tried to sell stolen scans of Civil War covers was NARU'ed in record time. Details here.
August 19, 2002
Frajola petition goes to eBay VP with 200 signatures
Mid-August was full of give and take between eBay brass, particularly Trust and Safety VP Rob Chesnut, and eBay stamp collectors, philatelists, and traders. A disappointing "Live Chat" in which Chesnut answered only canned questions was followed up by a stirring petition drive spearheaded by philatelist Richard Frajola. Read the latest details here.