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Britons are being charged as much as £5 by Royal Mail to obtain put up despatched utilizing counterfeit stamps. Some are being charged 4 instances the £1.25 worth of a first-class stamp to get their mail.

A member of the general public instructed GB News they have been “astounded” after being instructed to pay £5 earlier than they might obtain a Christmas card with a pretend stamp on the envelope.

They stated: “Unfortunately, it is the innocent recipient of the mail that is victimised and ends up out of pocket.”

The indignant Brit requested how folks get away with making pretend stamps and placing them on the open market, including: “It all seems very wrong and needs addressing.”

A grieving member of the family stated they ended up paying the £5 payment out of concern their merchandise of mail was linked to the current bereavement.

They instructed the information outlet: “I was rather annoyed when the item of post was delivered with a yellow sticker stating it was a counterfeit stamp.

“It appears like all the opposite stamps I’ve acquired. I haven’t even contacted the sender who had put their deal with on the again of the envelope.”

Another person said the charge was “ridiculous”, vowing: “I received’t be paying it once more.”

A Royal Mail spokesperson said counterfeit stamps are illegal, extremely costly to the business and can disrupt operational processes.

They added: “The overwhelming majority of our prospects use the right postage and won’t be affected by these surcharges. In order to guard prospects, we elevated these fees on October 30, 2023, to behave as a significant deterrent to prospects who use counterfeit stamps.”

The spokesperson said Royal Mail actively investigates fraudsters as it doesn’t like to see customers ripped off.

They added: “We recurrently monitor on-line marketplaces to detect suspicious exercise and can contact the suitable platform to request its speedy elimination.”

Royal Mail recommends prospects purchase stamps from respected excessive avenue retailers or immediately from its on-line store. Customers ought to report suspicious stamps to Royal Mail through its web site, to Action Fraud and to their native Trading Standards workplace.