Friday, February 02, 2007

Counterfeit stamps seized in New Zealand

Last week, New Zealand Customs at Auckland's International Mail Centre intercepted $150,000 of counterfeit stamps.

According to a press release posted on, the stamps that arrived in three packets containing 25,000 stamps each. The stamps had face values of $1.50 and $3.00 that totalled $150,000.

Customs Acting Group Manager, Investigations, Bill Perry is quoted as saying, "This is the first time we've intercepted counterfeit stamps and it's a good example that counterfeiting knows no bounds and affects everything that's manufactured and has a commercial value."

Perry said the counterfeit stamps (shown above), which had a subtle color variation, came from Asia and were destined for an Auckland address.

New Zealand Post spokesman Richard MacLean says the seizure serves as a timely warning that stamps should only be purchased from the post office or reputable dealers.

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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM