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Counterfeit Stamp Use on the Rise

March 10, 2004

WASHINGTON (AP) _ A large number of counterfeit stamps have surfaced over the past few months, Postal Inspector Tony Robinson said Wednesday.

Counterfeits are often sold door-to-door to businesses and collectors and advertised on the Internet, Robinson said. Buyers who suspect they have been sold counterfeits should compare them with stamps they know are legitimate and call their local postal inspector.

Linn’s Stamp News first reported the counterfeit sales, many involving the 37-cent flag stamp issued in 2002. One stamp dealer had purchased more than $80,000 worth of counterfeit stamps, Linn’s reported.

Robinson said there have been a ``fairly large number″ of cases, but did not provide details.

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