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Hall of Shame

Dodgy Auction Hall of Shame

In May 2002, Saratoga Ring seller pcheltenham sells U.S. 1851-57 1-cent stamp with hand-drawn design alterations for $2,524.99 on eBay.

Dodgy Sellers Hall of Shame

The sellers listed below have come to the attention of SCADS because of 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.

The lists below are far from complete, but they're a start. They include sellers suspended since eBay began investigation of the Saratoga altered US stamps group in May 2003. Since then, eBay and APS have worked together to uncover and eliminate major sellers of fraudulent stamps. eBay's Stamps Community Watch group (SCW) and the APS review team vet questionable listings and target patterns of egregious behaviour by sellers, image stealing scams and patterns of shill-bidding (more details here).

Click on a link to see the appropriate list.

1. Sellers of questionable, misdescribed or poorly described items (listed in alphabetical order)
Last updated: April 2008

2. Questionable sellers suspended from eBay
Last updated: April 2008

3. Saratoga Ring alterations group buyers and sellers suspended from eBay
Last updated: May 2007

4. Image stealing scammers suspended from eBay
Last updated: Mar 2007

5. Questionable sellers suspended from other internet sites
Last updated: August 2007

1. Sellers of questionable, misdescribed or poorly described items

Seller ID Comments
bexapunk101 Alternate selling and shill-bidding ID of wynstoninvest (see below), listed as based in Fremantle, Western Australia (ID is now unavailable for look-up at eBay, so has probably been changed)
joanne620 Australian seller, consistently overdescribes, overvalues and misidentifies early Australian stamps including regummed stamps not described as such, uses digital camera for all images, sold reperforated and regummed high-value Australian stamps in private auctions using private feedback in early 2006 (see feedback comments for May 2006)
jockeralfa consistently misidentifies US classics, identifying the cheaper variety as the more expensive variety, including stamps with trimmed perforations
nystamps consistently overgrades, overvalues and misidentifies the lead stamps in their bulk US lots,
offers US classic proofs and specimens, correctly identified as such, but shown with misleading captions stating the catalog value for the real stamp instead
pimpernal offers collections where the high value stamps are fakes, forgeries or misrepresented stamps
rogernorth repeatedly misidentifies US and other stamps, ignores advice

2. Questionable sellers suspended from eBay

Date Suspended Seller ID Comments
Apr 2008 vtoledo20 New selling ID for wynstoninvest et al since August 2007, offered fake OS perforated Australian stamps, fake perforated SPECIMEN stamps, fake New Guinea cancels and more.
Feb 2008 absolut_07 Malaysia-based seller of highly overpriced supposed "anomalies" and "color changes" since August 2007, belligerent when questioned.
Jan 2008 prestige_stamps New buying ID of wynstoninvest (changed from bexapunk101 in Jan 2008).
Jan 2008 bexapunk101 Alternate selling and shill-bidding ID of wynstoninvest (see below), listed as based in Fremantle, Western Australia. Changed ID to prestige_stamps in Jan 2008.
Oct 2007 blowoutdeals81 Offered US and foreign stamps without duplication in lots of 100. Included photos of high-value stamps in listing to entice bidders. High shipping charges, poor packaging, and stamps shipped were cheap foreign stamps with duplicates. Seems to have tried this trick with trading cards also.
Aug 2007 azarbay*123 New selling ID for wynstoninvest et al since July 2007, listed as based in Marayong NSW, offered fake OS perforated Australian stamps in private auctions and fake "color missing" errors
Aug 2007 dmlrm2 Reincarnation of suspended US classics seller dmlengyel1
Aug 2007 workingmanstamps Reincarnation of suspended US classics seller dmlengyel1
May 2007 teffersyosset Saratoga Ring reseller, offered US classics bought from 8834david and member98123 without describing faults or alterations,
sold altered items on consignment for the Saratoga Ring
Apr 2007 aussiestampsales Old ID resurrected as buying ID for wynstoninvest, active in Apr 2007
Apr 2007 nswstamp Old ID resurrected as selling ID of wynstoninvest, uses the name David, offered fake large and small OS perforated Australian stamps, active in Apr 2007, listed as based in south-west Sydney
Apr 2007 gregbear_61 Shortlived alternate selling ID of george0mighty (not to be confused with ID "gregbear61" whose ID he was emulating)
Apr 2007 aw1940 New name of old ID resurrected as buying and shill-bidding ID of wynstoninvest, active under changed name since Mar 2007
Apr 2007 indepbrokers Alternate buying, selling and shill-bidding ID of wynstoninvest, active since Dec 2006, listed as based in Mt Warrigal, NSW
Apr 2007 george0mighty Alternate buying, selling and shill-bidding ID of wynstoninvest, active since Jan 2007, traded as Mighty Collectables, listed as based in south-west Sydney
Apr 2007 stampbuyers Old ID resurrected as shill-bidding ID on auctions of modlink2002
Apr 2007 modlink2002 Old ID resurrected as selling ID of wynstoninvest, active in Apr 2007, listed as based in Brisbane, QLD
Apr 2007 grandpa92006 Shortlived reincarnation of suspended US classics seller alaponza
Apr 2007 alaponza Seller of US classics who consistently fails to describe defects in stamps, including altered stamps bought from peterpaul1969,
lists almost all stamps that appear to be unused as "never hinged", ignores advice; reincarnated ID grandpa92006 was suspended shortly afterwards
Apr 2007 wynstoninvest Produced forged postmarks of Australia, Papua, New Guinea, PNG and Great Britain, forged OS (large & small) and OSNSW punctures, forged NZ Stars errors, BCOF forged overprints in black or gold or red to order, and other overprints and cancels of other South Pacific countries, uses sophisticated overprinting equipment, uses the name Stephen, active since Jan 2007, listed as based in south-west Sydney
Mar 2007 jonathandean8 Israel-based Swiss seller, latest reincarnation of fcecollections (suspended ID), listed covers with fake "DELAYED BY TSUNAMI" handstamps July 2005 (suspended briefly),
listed covers with fake "MISSENT" and "DAMAGED BY SEA WATER" handstamps Nov 2006-Feb 2007)
Feb 2007 richard.schafferman sold replica "forgeries" in sheets of US essays and proofs reproduced from stolen scans, as well as copies of coins, connected to sterling1177 (see below) through having same name on scans
Jan 2007 stampsignments changed ID from kathscollectibles (Oct 06), reseller of material bought from Saratoga Ring seller 8834david,
connected to ID mykidsdad1948 which also resold lots bought from 8834david (and which no longer sells stamps)
Dec 2005 sterling_philatelic_inc changed ID of reinstated ID matntysdad59, used eBay Store ID STERLING-PHILATELIC-INSTITUTE-INC, private feedback,
(was reinstated and changed ID again to sterling1177 (Jul 06), which uses eBay Store ID STERLING-CURRENCY-AND-COIN and sells copies of coins)
Nov 2005 matntysdad59 sold replica "forgeries" of US essays and proofs reproduced from stolen scans, (reinstated Dec 05, changed ID to sterling_philatelic_inc Dec 05), then sterling1177 (Jul 06) )
Nov 2005 clairemontstamps bought, altered and resold US stamps
Oct 2005 ips_solutions UK seller, registered Aug 05, related to ID easy_info (see below)
Oct 2005 easy_info UK seller, registered Sep 05, salted Maryland forgeries of high-value 5 stamp in private auctions of UK collections, used stolen images of back of stamp, related ID ips_solutions also suspended
late 2005 dmlengyel1 misdescribed/misrepresented US stamps (reinstated Jun 05, see below Dec 04,) changed to private feedback (listed on Yahoo as dmlstamps from Dec 04 - Apr 05)
Jul 2005 stamplady99 misdescribed/misrepresented US stamps (reinstated Mar 05, see below Feb 2005)
Feb 2005 clairemontstamp listed questionable US stamps
Feb 2005 ladephemera1 shortlived reincarnation of fcecollections
Feb 2005 stephen71948 shortlived reincarnation of fcecollections
Feb 2005 fcecollections Israelibased Swiss seller (formerly netta71948) listed covers with fake handstamps (latest ID jonathandean8 selling covers with fake "DISINFECTED" handstamps Nov 2006-Jan 2007)
Feb 2005 stamplady99 misdescribed/misrepresented US stamps (reinstated Mar 05)
Jan 2005 catseye4619 shortlived reincarnation of riny218
Dec 2004 dmlengyel1 misdescribed/misrepresented US stamps (reinstated Jun 05, see above)
Dec 2004 wikingstamp German seller (formerly herma07), listed forgeries as possibly genuine
Dec 2004 heftfisch German seller, listed forgeries as possibly genuine
Nov 2004 terlin01 listed questionable US stamps
late 2004 unlimitedstamps alternative ID of atdinvest
Apr 2004 lotus194 reseller of Hialeah forgeries bought from atdinvest, also created his own forgeries
Apr 2004 atdinvest manufactured Hialeah forgeries
Aug 2003 kitty418 shortlived reincarnation of riny218
Aug 2003 riny218 represented forged, fake or altered items as possibly genuine (now listing on Yahoo as paleface2410)

3. Saratoga Ring alterations group buyers and sellers suspended from eBay

More information on the Saratoga Ring can be found here.

Date Suspended Seller ID Comments
May 2007 teffersyosset Saratoga Ring reseller, offered US classics bought from 8834david and member98123 without describing faults or alterations,
sold altered items on consignment for the Saratoga Ring
Jan 2007 member98123 latest reincarnation of altered US stamps group (Saratoga ring) - buying ID
Jan 2007 peterpaul1969 latest reincarnation of altered US stamps group (Saratoga ring) - selling ID
Jun 2006 detocakes9 latest reincarnation of altered US stamps group (Saratoga ring) - buying ID and shill bidding ID
Jun 2006 8834david latest reincarnation of altered US stamps group (Saratoga ring) - selling ID
Aug 2004 12trees1947 Saratoga altered US stamps group buying ID
Jun 2004 wackeywood Saratoga altered US stamps group selling ID (formerly the notorious schuylerac then later crustaceans)
Note that the wackeywood ID has been deleted from the ebay database, so the name will show up as blank in any feedback relating to auctions of schuylerac from 2000-2002
May 2004 short369 Saratoga altered US stamps group buying ID (formerly stazy4 then later booksnbooks4u)
late 2003 tremor111 Saratoga altered US stamps group buying ID
late 2003 32gyt78 Saratoga altered US stamps group selling ID
Oct 2003 chickfrdstk Saratoga altered US stamps group buying ID
May 2003 pcheltenham Saratoga altered US stamps group selling ID

4. Image stealing scammers suspended from eBay

Date Suspended Seller ID Comments
Mar 2007 sowtrung zero-feedback seller from Thailand, listed auctions of stamps, banknotes and jewellery all with stolen images using direct links to websites
Jan 2006 millionaire-collector reincarnation of hongkong_auction from Hong Kong, offered high-value Japanese and other items using stolen scans, used private auctions and private feedback
Oct 2005 easy_info see Dodgy Sellers list below
June 2005 rosetanushi low-feedback seller from India, offered high-value US and Australian stamps, related shill-bidding IDs 7730ramu and famelever also suspended
Apr 2005 whelp2005 zero-feedback seller from China
Mar 2005 hongkong_auction seller from Hong Kong, offered high-value Japanese and other items using stolen scans and did not deliver, used private feedback; reincarnated as millionaire-collector offering similar items in Jan 2006
Feb 2005 sappingtonn7 low-feedback seller from USA, offered Tasmanian specimens with stolen text and images, accepted only "e-gold" for payment, related to suspended ID bmcplock by shill-bidding IDs wumurex and cyfeneg
Oct 2004 troposcatter02 low-feedback seller from Germany, listed high-value US stamps, related IDs almohet and die_marke01 also suspended
Oct 2004 steals_on_deals zero-feedback seller from Canada, listed high-value US stamps (has since been reinstated)
Sep 2004 pfaff_collectables zero-feedback seller from the Netherlands, listed over 400 auctions with stolen images

5. Questionable sellers suspended from other internet sites

Date Suspended Seller ID Comments
Aug 2007 dmlstamps stampwants.com
Shortlived incarnation of dmlengyel1 from eBay
May 2007 drummer246 stampwants.com
Saratoga ring altered US stamps group selling ID
Jul 2006 ndp789 stampwants.com
Saratoga ring altered US stamps group selling ID
Apr 2006 nomdploome stamptraders.com
Saratoga ring altered US stamps group selling ID




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