Updated on June 20th, 2010

 

Forger, Promoter & Seller of the forged and faked items

 

 

This page will include names of Middle East, Arabian Gulf, & Emirates, stamp forgers, promoters, and sellers of forged and faked stamps, aerogrammes, postcards, and covers.

 

1. Tony Helou (or Antoine Helou), P. O. Box 5557/11, Beirut, Lebanon. His eBay user ID “tonyhelou.

 

One of the most known promoter and seller of the forged and faked Middle East & Arabia items is Tony Helou. He sells mostly faked and forged items from Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Fujeira, Umm al Qiwain, Ras al Khaima, also Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Syria, and Lebanon. Emirates Philatelic Association recorded some of his forged and faked items in three different reports published to its members. To see some of his forged and faked items, check the EPA reports 1, 2, & 3. You can check also Tony Helou page.

 

Emirates Philatelic Association reports:

 

- Abu Dhabi forged aerogrammes: July 9th, 2009, report 1 – p1-3.

- Abu Dhabi forged aerogrammes: July 9th, 2009, report 1 - p1-2, in Arabic language.

- Dubai forged & faked stamps and aerogrammes: September 15th, 2009, report 2 – first page.

- Dubai forged & faked stamps and aerogrammes: September 15th, 2009, report 2 - p1-7.

- Dubai forged & faked postcards and aerogrammes: January 19th, 2010, report 3 – first page.

- Dubai forged & faked postcards and aerogrammes: January 19th, 2010, report 3 – Flying Goose.

- Dubai forged & faked postcards and aerogrammes: January 19th, 2010, report 3 – Postcards.

 

A link to Tony Helou forged and faked items.

 

 

 

2. Khaled Nassif: P. O. Box: 5375, Damas, Syria. His eBay user ID “stampsforever77”. He used the following emails: ma.stamps222@yahoo.com, & stampsforever77@yahoo.com.

 

Khaled Nassif is the only known source of the fabricated “UAE” overprints on Abu Dhabi 1970-71 definitives, the last Abu Dhabi set, sold to some of UAE philatelists.

 

 

 

3. Ahmad Shahid Nazir: Known as “Shahid”: He used the following email: shahid538@gmail.com

 

Shahid, a Pakistani stamps dealer, is the only source for fabricated covers from Ajman, Manama, Ras al Khaima, Sharjah, Fujeira, & Umm al Qiwain. YES! A fabricated covers sold as “rare commercial covers”, “postcards”, or “philatelic covers”. He used genuine stamps but with a fabricated cancels & registration hand-stamps. These items came for the first time in early 2009! He used mostly delcampe online auction to sell his fabricated items. [ http://www.delcampe.co.uk/stores/shahid538 ].

 

 

 

4. eBay seller username “nobob55”:

 

This eBay username sold many different Dubai, & Ras al Khaima forgers in the past and currently he sells Iraq, Saudi Arabia, & Yemen faked stamps. He used the following email: nobob55@hotmail.com account. The same email is also connected to his paypal account. He used “Obeid Nabil” as a nick name, and sometimes he reverse the names as “Nabil Obeid”. Some philatelist believes that it is Tony Helou who behind this eBay username. You can check ‘nobob55’: Iraq forged items, & Dubai forged items.

 

 

Links to Middle East forged items:

 

- Dubai Forgeries, by R. Howard Courtney

 

 

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