Whatt recourse does a consumer have if they receive counterfeit stamps? Moreover, will employees at a USPS post office authenticate the stamps and if they indicate they are counterfeit, does the person inquiring get detained/arrested, is the person free to go but the stamps automatically forfeited, or is the person free to go home with the stamps and seek a refund from the eBay
If someone UNKNOWINGLY uses fake stamps they purchased online, do Postal Inspectors come to their residence and arrest them?
I have not heard or read any public service announcements in media from the USPS cautioning consumers about buying Forever stamps from third parties on eBay
There are hundreds of Forever stamps sold by third parties daily on eBay
. Why are people willing to take such a risk? I personally would only buy Forever stamps on eBay
from the official USPS store, since it is illegal to knowingly use a counterfeit stamp and prosecution can occur under 18 U.S. Code §#8239;501. Of course the key word is knowingly. Even if you innocently purchased counterfeit forever stamps on eBay
and used them, you would have to spend thousands on a defense attorney trying to prove he/she did not knowingly use them.
I am curious if anyone has been prosecuted under this section and what the outcome of the trial was. Are there truly innocent people in federal prison convicted of using counterfeit stamps they purchased online or at a bodega?
An average person can't detect a counterfeit Forever stamp from a genuine one. I think the USPS should make Forever stamps counterfeit proof and then educate consumers on how to detect counterfeit stamps.