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(CBS 21 Harrisburg)   Woman used fraudulent checks to purchase $50,000.....in postage stamps   (local21news.com) divider line
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2021-10-15 9:05:48 AM  
What kind of things was she going to mail if she wanted that many stamps?
 
2021-10-15 10:00:54 AM  

kdawg7736: What kind of things was she going to mail if she wanted that many stamps?


The stamps...to her boyfriend in prison who would then sell them there for a tidy profit.
 
2021-10-15 10:51:24 AM  
stamp prices keep rising.  they can be resold at market price.  Nice way to launder money and might be more stable (albiet low) growth than the stonk market.
 
2021-10-15 10:51:58 AM  
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2021-10-15 10:53:59 AM  
no one offers discounted stamps - had an employee stealing them and selling them on ebay, we got contacted by the post office to let us know it was happening.
 
2021-10-15 10:54:34 AM  
Don't fark with the postal service. Or the IRS.
 
2021-10-15 10:55:25 AM  
Sounds stupid, but from a standard of value conservation, "forever" postage stamps aren't an absolutely terrible investment. Every time they raise the cost to buy new stamps the value technically goes up and there isn't anything really stopping you from selling them online or something similar to my knowledge.

It's a reasonable investment if you aren't actually paying for them like in this context. They will technically always have value unless the post office goes under.
 
2021-10-15 10:55:38 AM  

Great_Milenko: stamp prices keep rising.  they can be resold at market price.  Nice way to launder money and might be more stable (albiet low) growth than the stonk market.


When you fence stolen goods you want to limit yourself to one or two transactions. She must have been selling these 10 at a time.
 
2021-10-15 10:57:28 AM  
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2021-10-15 10:57:33 AM  
She would have gotten away with it too if she didn't push that last grand. It's actually probably pretty smart now that Forever stamps are a thing. Back in the day who wanted stamps that were 2 cents short. Now they're a bearer instrument that gains with a rate.
 
2021-10-15 10:57:43 AM  
One might have thought that if you committed Grand Theft, you'd be a little more ambitious...
 
2021-10-15 10:58:04 AM  

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2021-10-15 10:59:24 AM  
keldaria:
They will technically always have value unless the post office goes under.

He's trying.

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2021-10-15 10:59:26 AM  
This is further truth that philately will get you nowhere.
 
2021-10-15 11:02:06 AM  
The case was investigated by the United State Postal Inspection Service and the West Hempfield Township Police Department.

But which state?
 
2021-10-15 11:04:17 AM  

justanotherfarkinfarker: She would have gotten away with it too if she didn't push that last grand. It's actually probably pretty smart now that Forever stamps are a thing. Back in the day who wanted stamps that were 2 cents short. Now they're a bearer instrument that gains with a rate.


Yeah, I assume the idea was, like scammers with Google Play cards, to transfer the money to something of consistent value, because a lot of the laws deal directly with large amounts of cash.
 
2021-10-15 11:13:50 AM  
That's a lot of strongly worded letters, Karen.
 
2021-10-15 11:18:05 AM  
She likely was selling them to businesses at a discount.  I see this every few years.
 
2021-10-15 11:28:48 AM  

Fireproof: The case was investigated by the United State Postal Inspection Service and the West Hempfield Township Police Department.

But which state?


PA
 
2021-10-15 11:30:42 AM  
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2021-10-15 11:33:09 AM  

Fireproof: The case was investigated by the United State Postal Inspection Service and the West Hempfield Township Police Department.

But which state?


First, walk away from that joint.

Second, consider the outright pain and heartbreak this must have caused for that Pennsylvania police department.  How do you use "cop math" on a postage stanp which has no face value.  It's almost like money in that the value is commonly accepted and knowable by millions of citizens.

Third.  It has taken away Postal Inspectors from investigating the conflict of interest of the Postmaster General.
 
2021-10-15 11:36:25 AM  

NutSack: no one offers discounted stamps - had an employee stealing them and selling them on ebay, we got contacted by the post office to let us know it was happening.


Probably less likely with forever stamps, but postage is sold below face value all the time. Someone who inherits a (mint) stamp collection, or a business that gets postage as part of an auction lot is going to want to turn over that stuff quickly. Mind you, in an instance like that, nobody's going to be selling one book of stamps at a time, more like 100+ sheets. That was probably this woman's plan.

/Mom was a stamp wholesaler
//She bought her mailing postage for 10% below face
///I never received a letter from her in my life that didn't have at least two stamps on it
 
2021-10-15 11:38:36 AM  

The Irresponsible Captain: Don't fark with the postal service. Or the IRS.


My first thought too - "Way to instantly turn your crimes into federal ones, lady!"
 
2021-10-15 11:39:49 AM  

NutSack: no one offers discounted stamps - had an employee stealing them and selling them on ebay, we got contacted by the post office to let us know it was happening.


Sure they do.  $58 worth of stamps for $50. It's not a big discount but it'll buy you a burrito.
 
2021-10-15 11:42:16 AM  

BitwiseShift: Fireproof: The case was investigated by the United State Postal Inspection Service and the West Hempfield Township Police Department.

But which state?

First, walk away from that joint.

Second, consider the outright pain and heartbreak this must have caused for that Pennsylvania police department.  How do you use "cop math" on a postage stanp which has no face value.  It's almost like money in that the value is commonly accepted and knowable by millions of citizens.

Third.  It has taken away Postal Inspectors from investigating the conflict of interest of the Postmaster General.


Is no one realizing that I was making a joke about the typo in that selected bit of text?

/Farking newspeople need better proofreaders.
 
2021-10-15 11:52:57 AM  
Steal checks to buy postage stamps. Next, use the stamps to pay for magazine subscriptions. Trade the magazine subscriptions for a warehouse full of fax machines. Trade the fax machines for CRT TVs. Trade the CRT TVs for telegraphs...

...eventually you'll end up with some pretty awesome stone wheels.
 
2021-10-15 12:00:50 PM  

EnzoTheCoder: kdawg7736: What kind of things was she going to mail if she wanted that many stamps?

The stamps...to her boyfriend in prison who would then sell them there for a tidy profit.


Mailing the stamps, no. Letters are open and inspected.  Sneaking them in another way, whether via guard or visitation or over the fence? Could definitely be profitable.
 
2021-10-15 12:11:55 PM  
I'm living life like Scrooge McDuck swimming around in a pool of 2007 Liberty Bell Forever stamps.
 
2021-10-15 12:18:42 PM  
I know the woman that runs the post office he was caught at and is almost always the teller.  Bottom line I'll have to ask her how it went down.

/CSB
 
2021-10-15 12:19:05 PM  
I read that as "flatulent cheeks" and once again reached into my bag of shtick for another "buttocks-related nugget".
 
2021-10-15 12:30:52 PM  

jtown: NutSack: no one offers discounted stamps - had an employee stealing them and selling them on ebay, we got contacted by the post office to let us know it was happening.

Sure they do.  $58 worth of stamps for $50. It's not a big discount but it'll buy you a burrito.


Wasn't expecting Forever Stamps... weird (and not sure I trust that site).    But, yeah, you can pretty easily find $100 face in unused 6c, 8c, 22c etc vintage rates for 75-80 cents on the dollar if you're willing to put up with the hassle of piecing together the current rate.
 
2021-10-15 12:32:03 PM  

NutSack: no one offers discounted stamps - had an employee stealing them and selling them on ebay, we got contacted by the post office to let us know it was happening.


Years ago I worked at a mass mailing company (junkmail) and we always had hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of stamps around. Usually we had them pretty secure or we had 3 shifts going all the time but one holiday weekend we had a break in and they walked right by the skids of stamps and broke into the vending machine. Glad we worked in a area with inept criminals.
 
2021-10-15 12:33:55 PM  
Should've bought a boat.
 
2021-10-15 12:39:56 PM  
Bet she takes a lickin' in prison.
 
2021-10-15 12:46:56 PM  

TheSubjunctive: jtown: NutSack: no one offers discounted stamps - had an employee stealing them and selling them on ebay, we got contacted by the post office to let us know it was happening.

Sure they do.  $58 worth of stamps for $50. It's not a big discount but it'll buy you a burrito.

Wasn't expecting Forever Stamps... weird (and not sure I trust that site).    But, yeah, you can pretty easily find $100 face in unused 6c, 8c, 22c etc vintage rates for 75-80 cents on the dollar if you're willing to put up with the hassle of piecing together the current rate.


It used to be YUGster (Yours Until Gone) and changed the name recently.  Been around for years.
 
2021-10-15 12:47:25 PM  

ScottRiqui: The Irresponsible Captain: Don't fark with the postal service. Or the IRS.

My first thought too - "Way to instantly turn your crimes into federal ones, lady!"


Yup, enjoy your 51 month stay @Clubfed.
 
2021-10-15 12:59:07 PM  

groppet: NutSack: no one offers discounted stamps - had an employee stealing them and selling them on ebay, we got contacted by the post office to let us know it was happening.

Years ago I worked at a mass mailing company (junkmail) and we always had hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of stamps around. Usually we had them pretty secure or we had 3 shifts going all the time but one holiday weekend we had a break in and they walked right by the skids of stamps and broke into the vending machine. Glad we worked in a area with inept criminals.


Did they get caught?

Would they have gotten caught had they stolen a product they weren't sure they could move?

If no and maybe, they weren't inept.
 
2021-10-15 1:09:29 PM  
But storming the Capitol, that's just 12 months.
 
2021-10-15 1:10:01 PM  

Smackledorfer: groppet: NutSack: no one offers discounted stamps - had an employee stealing them and selling them on ebay, we got contacted by the post office to let us know it was happening.

Years ago I worked at a mass mailing company (junkmail) and we always had hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of stamps around. Usually we had them pretty secure or we had 3 shifts going all the time but one holiday weekend we had a break in and they walked right by the skids of stamps and broke into the vending machine. Glad we worked in a area with inept criminals.

Did they get caught?

Would they have gotten caught had they stolen a product they weren't sure they could move?

If no and maybe, they weren't inept.


They broke the glass in the vending machine and stole one or two candy bars and thats it, all the valuable tools and stamps around and they left it. They thought it must have just been some kids that did it, sometimes we would get a job that used money so we would have boxes of change too but that was usually under armed guard. On rare occasions we even had dollar bills that would get stuffed into mailings.
 
2021-10-15 1:13:31 PM  

Smackledorfer: groppet: NutSack: no one offers discounted stamps - had an employee stealing them and selling them on ebay, we got contacted by the post office to let us know it was happening.

Years ago I worked at a mass mailing company (junkmail) and we always had hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of stamps around. Usually we had them pretty secure or we had 3 shifts going all the time but one holiday weekend we had a break in and they walked right by the skids of stamps and broke into the vending machine. Glad we worked in a area with inept criminals.

Did they get caught?

Would they have gotten caught had they stolen a product they weren't sure they could move?

If no and maybe, they weren't inept.


One time they did hire this meth head that stole a huge roll of stamps and tried to cash them in at a post office, he did get caught.
 
2021-10-15 1:22:20 PM  

groppet: Smackledorfer: groppet: NutSack: no one offers discounted stamps - had an employee stealing them and selling them on ebay, we got contacted by the post office to let us know it was happening.

Years ago I worked at a mass mailing company (junkmail) and we always had hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of stamps around. Usually we had them pretty secure or we had 3 shifts going all the time but one holiday weekend we had a break in and they walked right by the skids of stamps and broke into the vending machine. Glad we worked in a area with inept criminals.

Did they get caught?

Would they have gotten caught had they stolen a product they weren't sure they could move?

If no and maybe, they weren't inept.

One time they did hire this meth head that stole a huge roll of stamps and tried to cash them in at a post office, he did get caught.


That's what I'm saying.

I'm no thief, but if I was going to do some thieving, I'd avoid the hell out of stealing random crap with value and having to go fence-shopping or creating a trail back to me. An expensive, specialized tool that nobody in my social network knows what to do with it? fark, we'd probably end up selling it through a chain that goes right back to your boss as he replaces his stolen stuff. Then I'm a couple plea deals from multiple years in prison.

I'd rather have a hundred bucks worth of candy bars. Those kids made the right call.
 
2021-10-15 2:01:54 PM  
West Hempfield.
Is that anything like the Regional Municipality of Durham?

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2021-10-15 2:14:09 PM  
Anybody else get those Facesbook marketplace ads for Forever Stamp rolls for about $33 for 100?
 
2021-10-15 5:18:53 PM  

Smackledorfer: groppet: Smackledorfer: groppet: NutSack: no one offers discounted stamps - had an employee stealing them and selling them on ebay, we got contacted by the post office to let us know it was happening.

Years ago I worked at a mass mailing company (junkmail) and we always had hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of stamps around. Usually we had them pretty secure or we had 3 shifts going all the time but one holiday weekend we had a break in and they walked right by the skids of stamps and broke into the vending machine. Glad we worked in a area with inept criminals.

Did they get caught?

Would they have gotten caught had they stolen a product they weren't sure they could move?

If no and maybe, they weren't inept.

One time they did hire this meth head that stole a huge roll of stamps and tried to cash them in at a post office, he did get caught.

That's what I'm saying.

I'm no thief, but if I was going to do some thieving, I'd avoid the hell out of stealing random crap with value and having to go fence-shopping or creating a trail back to me. An expensive, specialized tool that nobody in my social network knows what to do with it? fark, we'd probably end up selling it through a chain that goes right back to your boss as he replaces his stolen stuff. Then I'm a couple plea deals from multiple years in prison.

I'd rather have a hundred bucks worth of candy bars. Those kids made the right call.


From what the supervisors said the only reason the idiot got caught was the roll of stamps was unopened so right there on the shrink wrap was our name address and phone number. If he took it off they probably would have just given him the cash.
 
2021-10-15 8:00:20 PM  
She bought 833,333 of these.

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