Last updated March 20, 2005

UPU Battles Worldwide
Illegal Stamp Scourge

The Universal Postal Union (UPU), based in Berne, Switzerland, over the past few years has been alerting its member postal administrations and the philatelic press to various items being sold to an unsuspecting public as legitimately issued postage stamps. The UPU efforts have gone generally unreported within stamp collecting, while the trade in illegal stamps continues to grow. AskPhil will post these notices as they are released by the UPU.

This list will be expanded as new information becomes available. New bulletins will be added to the top of the list.

Click on the link in the "Date & Circ. No." to view the full UPU statement on that specific warning. The full text of the UPU information bulletins are reproduced, except for the names of commercial operations cited within the bulletins.

Date & Circ. No. Postal administration Subject matter
28 February
2005-n° 73
Azerbaijan Declaration concerning illegal postage stamp issues
25 October
2004-n° 308
Gambia Illegal postage stamp issues
30 August
2004-n° 263
Azerbaijan Illegal postage stamp issues
26 July
2004-n° 226
Djibouti Illegal issues of postage stamps
15 March
2004-n° 95
Sudan Illegal issues of postage stamps

1 March
2004-n° 71

Iraq Illegal issues of postage stamps
23 February 2004-n° 64 Morocco Illegal issues of postage stamps in the name of the Saharan Republic
23 February 2004-n° 63 Cte d'Ivoire (Rep.) Illegal issue and sale of postage stamps
2 February 2004-n° 30 Benin Illegal issues of postage stamps
13 October 2003-n° 354 Rwanda Illegal issues of postage stamps
25 August 2003-n° 294 Eritrea Illegal issues of postage stamps
28 July 2003-n° 269 Ivory Coast Illegal issues of postage stamps
28 April 2003-n° 161 Mauritania Illegal issues of postage stamps
3 March 2003-n° 70 Uzbekistan Illegal issues of postage stamps
13 January 2003-n° 2 Afghanistan Illegal issues of postage stamps
22 November 2002-n° 428 Myanmar Illegal issues of postage stamps
18 November 2002-n° 414 Morocco Illegal issues of postage stamps
17 June 2002-n° 229 Tajikistan Illegal issues of postage stamps
3 June 2002-n° 208 Kyrgyzstan Illegal issues of postage stamps
15 April 2002-n° 143 Burundi Illegal postage stamp issues
14 January 2002-n° 15 Russian Federation Illegal postage stamp issues
17 December 2001-n° 514 Comoros Illegal postage stamp issues
10 December 2001-n° 504 Rwanda Illegal postage stamp issues
15 October 2001-n° 421 Saudi Arabia Counterfeit postage stamps
24 September 2001-n° 393 Madagascar Illegal issues of postage stamps.
3 September 2001-n 363 Rwanda Illegal issues of postage stamps advertised on a website.
30 July 2001-n 308 Kyrgyzstan Illegal issues of postage stamps advertised on a website.
11 June 2001-n 238 Mali Several sets of illegal postage stamps
7 May 2001-n 201 Comoros Several sets of illegal postage stamps
9 Apr. 2001-n 168 United Arab Emirates Illegal postage stamp issues for the Emirates, prior to the establishment of the United Arab Emirates State
2 Apr. 2001-n 156 Central African Republic Four illegal postage stamp issues
19 Mar. 2001- n 135 Laos Illegal issues of postage stamps offered for sale on a U.S. Internet site.
29 Jan. 2001- n 50 Georgia Illegal issues of postage stamps issued - over 200 series of stamps denounced
2 Jan. 2001- n 8 Chad Illegal issues of postage stamps issued by three companies located in Belgium, Lithuania, United States of Amerca
2 Jan. 2001- n 7 Senegal Illegal issues on theme "Greenpeace"
2 Jan. 2001- n 6 Kyrgyzstan Illegal issues of postage stamps offered for sale on a U.S. Internet site.
13 Dec. 2000-n 432 Kyrgyzstan Illegal issue of postage stamps on six different themes.
25 Sept. 2000-n 406 Angola Illegal postage stamps issued by three companies located in Belgium, Great Britain and Lithuania.
21 Aug. 2000-n 345 Afghanistan Any postage stamps issued since 1989 are illegal issues.
10 July 2000-n 285 Kyrgyzstan Illegal issues of postage stamps with motifs representing Western show business personalities that have been reproduced in a Japanese periodical
10 Jul 2000-n 214 Russian Federation Illegal production and distribution of postage stamps ostensibly issued by various regions of the Russian Federation.
5 June 2000-n 194 Niger Illegal postage stamps issued by a company located in France.
29 May 2000-n 184 Turkmenistan Illegal postage stamp issues insheets belonging to the EURO 2000 European Football Championship issue
22 May 2000-n 165 Mali Illegal issue of nine different series of postage stamps bearing the inscription "REPUBLIQUE DU MALI" and various designs.
10 Apr. 2000-n 129 Morocco Illegal postage stamps bearing the inscription 'Rpublique Arabe Sahraoui Dmocratique' and various designs.
3 Apr. 2000-n 119 Rwanda Illegal issue of postage stamps entitled "papillons" (butterflies).
7 Feb. 2000-n 39 Kyrgyzstan Illegal issue of postage stamps.
7 Feb. 2000-n 34 Cyprus Postage stamps issued by illegal regime in the territory occupied by the Turkish army.
10 Jan. 2000-n 3 Ukraine Fraudulent issue entitled 'Ukrainian Antarctic Post'
26 July 1999-n 253 Ukraine Illegal postage stamps bearing the words 'Crimea. Ukraine' and printed in small sheets of six stamps with a face value of 30 kopeks.
26 July 1999-n 251 Azerbaijan Illegal postage stamps noted on pricelist of Lithuanian stamp firm.
29 Mar. 1999-n 106 Georgia Illegal postage stamps from the so-called Republic of Abkhazia and Republic of South Ossetia.
9 Nov. 1998-n 458 Ukraine Illicit issue of postage stamps.
19 Oct. 1998-n 421 Afghanistan Illegal sale of postage stamps.
7 Sep. 1998-n 354 Bosnia and Herzegovina Illicit issues of postage stamps.
13 July. 1998-n 301 Cyprus Illegal issue of postage stamps.
13 July. 1998-n 302 Russian Federation Illegal issue of postage stamps.
29 Jun. 1998-n 276 Greece Illegal issue of postage stamps.
27 Oct. 1997-n 399 Cyprus Illegal issue of postage stamps.
10 Nov. 1997-n 418 Democratic Republic of the Congo Fraudulent issue of postage stamps.
10 Nov. 1997-n 417 Equatorial Guinea Fraudulent issue of postage stamps.
25 Aug. 1997-n 331 Georgia Illegal issue of postage stamps.
18 Aug. 1997-n 318 Argentina Argentina - Circulation of two miniature sheets
3 Mar. 1997-n 64 Congo (Rep.) Illegal issue of postage stamps.
23 Dec. 1996-n 482 Cyprus Illegal issue of postage stamps.
25 Mar. 1996-n 109 Mexico Illegal issue of postage stamps.