Sunday, November 03, 2013

Royal Mail Duped by an 'Anarchist Philatelist'

Britain's Telegraph reports, " Angus McDonagh, 64, says he has duped Royal Mail with over a hundred of his designs on letters posted all over the world. Many feature his own face in the Queen's traditional side profile complete with a comic eye patch or weird hat."

According to the report, "He has successfully sent over 100 letters to France, Hong Kong, Australia, Canada and Italy - as well as all over the UK - and only one has ever been detected as a counterfeit."

Mr McDonagh, an architect who calls himself an 'anarchist philatelist', began his personal freepost system three years ago because he was upset with what he felt was "a decline in the design and detail of official Royal Mail stamps and the demise of posted letters because of email."  

McDonagh says he never meant to evade payment of the postage and "has even tried to send Royal Mail a number of cheques for the total costs, but they were all returned."

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posted by Don Schilling at 12:00 AM