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Detective: Scammers selling counterfeit stamps

February 7, 2023
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Stark said local residents and municipalities have recently fallen prey to this scam. One specific website — https://www.stampsshop.net — was used by a Northumberland businessman who alerted the Northumberland County District Attorney’s Office.

“Some big box retailers and other approved vendors who have agreements with the USPS may offer slight discounts on the purchase of U.S. Forever Stamps but discounts of 20 to 50 percent should be viewed as scams,” said Stark. “If you ordered these stamps online and entered your credit card or financial account information, change your login credentials immediately.”

Then, Stark said, notify the issuer of the credit card; make an online report to the United States Postal Service — Office of Inspector General at https://www.uspsoig.gov/hotline; and make an online report to the United States Postal Inspection Service at https://www.uspis.gov.

The stamps look authentic to the naked eye but will be detected and rejected once the postage is scanned by the USPS, Stark said.

The United States Postal Inspection Service in a media release advised residents to “keep scrolling” if they find substantial discounts of up to 50 percent off an order of United States Forever Stamps.

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