Thursday, December 29, 2011

Counterfeit Dutch Stamps Discovered

The Post and Parcel website reports, "Dutch postal service PostNL has tipped off police to a series of websites selling counterfeit postage stamps.The company said the fake stamps were being sold well under face value, estimating that the damage from these websites alone could run into several million euros."

According to the article, "To the untrained eye, the stamps being sold appear genuine, but they are printed on blank sticker sheets and so lack the proper PostNL authenticity features, such as phosphor tagging.
PostNL said it has been encountering the fakes mainly on registered letters and parcels, on both domestic and international mail."

PostNL commercial director, Ger Jacobs, is quoted as saying, "At first sight, these stamps are almost indistinguishable from real stamps issued by PostNL. So I’m glad to see that our security system was able to identify these counterfeit stamps and that we were able to stop shipment of the mail items concerned.”

To read the entire article, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM