So recently I had a dispute on one website regarding coin I sold in an older gen of PCGS slabs. Buyer was likely new to numismatics so I had plenty of patience until the point when he started to accuse me of selling fake. Then I went at him full power-no mercy and won the dispute. It was a silver coin I personally sent for grading, 62.5 percent silver, beautiful, MS62.
Older generation of PCGS slabs (with QR code on the backside) are extremely difficult to tamper with, to the point it is impossible to open them without breaking the whole case. Barcode on both front and back side of holders can be scanned with PCGS Cert app and will redirect you to PCGS website with all the data and pics of the coin, which you can compare with your coin. THERE IS NO NFC CHIPS in them, and app will not return anything like "this coin and case have been certified by PCGS" as is the case with new NFC slabs
As well, it should be kept in mind that silver surface could still be modified inside a slab because for lower silver content, atoms of other elements in silver alloy can diffuse and form dark spots on surface. Toning in principle is kept as it is in the moment of slabbing the coin and will not get worse or better with time because there is no air flow and oxidation. So the coin can have slight discrepancies on the looks on surface from like 10 or 20 yr old picture on PCGS website
Newer generation of PCGS slabs, the one with the shield can be scanned with NFC reader on the back and barcode reader on the front and it is “safer” than previous generation because “app says so and coin and holder are verified by PCGS”, while holders are exactly the same and tamper proof.
Don't fall for stories that there are fake slabs around. There are not. It is well known how real slabs and labels look like. It is usually US people that complain on these things because sometimes it takes healthy pair of eyes and comparing pictures with database on PCGS website to see that the coin is real. Everyone has to put effort when doing numismatics, it is not a hobby for lazy people lol.
Here is also the link with all generations of PCGS holders till this date