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POSTAL INSPECTORS WARN OF POSTAGE SCAM

 WASHINGTON, Feb. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Postal Inspectors are warning consumers to steer clear of the so-called "postage saving plans" which are being sold by mail for $20 to $50. The plans represent that the buyer will learn how to legitimately mail first class letters for significantly less than the current rate of 29 cents. Although these plans are surging in popularity, they offer no real savings, only potential dangers.
 Often these plans are received in envelopes bearing less than the required postage, which adds to their credibility. However, these offers cite outdated federal statutes from the 1800s as justification for paying 2 cents or 6 cents per mailing. Those laws were repealed when the Postal Service was created out of the old Post Office Department in 1971 and are no longer in effect.
 Postal Inspectors are cracking down on those who make a habit of short changing the government on first class postage. Fines of up to $1,000 per mailing and criminal prosecution can occur if mailers consistently and intentionally mail letters with short-paid postage. Postal Inspectors cite the case of a California businessman who, though he was put on notice, insisted on repeatedly mailing letters with only 2 cents postage, rather than the current first class rate of 29 cents. This week Postal Service attorneys are filing a civil complaint against him seeking fines of $1,000 for each of nine letters he allegedly mailed without proper postage.
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 /CONTACT: Karen Luehrs, postal inspector, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, 202-636-2349/


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