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Royal Mail lastly vows to analyze faux stamp farce

Royal Mail has vowed to analyze an issue with barcoded stamps after a whole bunch of Britons had been wrongly fined to obtain letters despatched utilizing stamps the postal service deemed counterfeit.   

People have complained they’re receiving £5 penalties to gather publish as a result of Royal Mail thought of the stamps on them faux. 

The drawback comes after Royal Mail switched solely to a barcoded system in July 2023. 

According to postmasters, the allegedly counterfeit stamps had been bought from a Royal Mail store straight, sparking fears they’re being wrongly thought of faux, the Telegraph reported. 

The newspaper understands a proper investigation has not began but however Royal Mail instructed ministers it’s working with retailers to unravel the problem. 

Royal Mail has vowed to investigate a problem with new barcoded stamps after hundreds of Britons were wrongly fined

Royal Mail has vowed to analyze an issue with new barcoded stamps after a whole bunch of Britons had been wrongly fined

Peter May from Hoveringham, Nottinghamshire, was sent a letter that had a fake stamp on it and had to pay to collect it

Peter May from Hoveringham, Nottinghamshire, was despatched a letter that had a faux stamp on it and needed to pay to gather it

People have complained they are receiving £5 penalties to collect post because Royal Mail considered the stamps on them fake

People have complained they’re receiving £5 penalties to gather publish as a result of Royal Mail thought of the stamps on them faux

Post workplace minister Kevin Hollinrake mentioned: ‘We spoke to Royal Mail and they’re investigating and they’re working alongside the Post Office and different retailers to attempt to confirm the supply of the issue.’ 

Royal Mail not too long ago mentioned it used ‘specialist tools’ to verify whether or not a stamp is real. 

The Post Office mentioned any claims that the faux stamps had been bought at certainly one of its shops had been ‘extraordinarily critical’ because it recommended a member of workers or postmaster had swapped authentic Royal Mail stamps with faux options. 

The chairman of 1 postmaster marketing campaign group mentioned: ‘It goes with out saying that postmasters don’t need to need to take care of false accusations about one thing else.’ The campaigner was seemingly making reference to these wrongly convicted throughout the Horizon IT scandal. 

Barcoded stamps turned obligatory in July final yr, after which some clients began complaining about being accused of utilizing faux stamps. 

A spokesperson for the Post Office mentioned: ‘Any allegation that faux stamps have been bought at a Post Office are extraordinarily critical. 

‘Any buyer who thinks they might have bought a faux stamp from a Post Office should produce an itemised receipt in order that this may be appeared into additional.’

A Royal Mail spokesperson mentioned: ‘We work carefully with retailers and legislation enforcement companies, and actively search the prosecution of those that produce counterfeit stamps. We reaffirmed that coverage to the minister at the moment.’