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Internet Code of Ethics
The American Philatelic Society expects its members participating in philatelic activities on the Internet and on online services (computer networks) to behave in accordance with its member Code of Ethics.

The Code reminds stamp collectors that ‘Membership in the American Philatelic Society is a privilege extended to those persons and organizations deemed worthy thereof and is not a matter of right. Membership may be maintained unless the Board of Directors determines that the conduct of a member has been such that, in the best interest of the Society, membership should be suspended or terminated.’

The Code calls for ethical conduct in all transactions, including those that may be initiated on these services, such as sales and auctions.

In accepting membership, members of the Society further pledge that ‘I agree to conduct myself in accordance with accepted standards of morality and courtesy in philatelic activities not specifically cited in the code.’ (Paragraph 12).

Violations of these standards of behavior by members may be reported with substantiating evidence to the American Philatelic Society via electronic mail or by regular mail (Internet Complaints, American Philatelic Society, 100 Match Factory Place, Bellefonte, PA 16823).

Complainants should include their real names and electronic or physical addresses so that the matter may be followed up. APS membership by the complainant is not required.

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