Re: FW: All Stamps Created Equal at Post Office

CobraBoy! (
Fri, 15 Aug 1997 09:55:40 -0800

At 8:46 AM -0800 8/15/97, Joe Barrera wrote:

> You can hack the internet, you can hack the phone system... evidently
> you can hack the USPS as well.
> ectory=/chronicle/archive/1997/08/15
> Almost everybody in America thinks it costs 32 cents to mail a
> first-class letter.
> It doesn't.

there is a bar code you can laser print on your letters to make it bulk.
the postal services assumes you have a bulk mailing licence and sends it.

> The equipment is designed to recognize a phosphorescent band on stamps.
> However, the amount of the chemical is the same on most stamps, allowing
> letters with insufficient postage to sail through, the experts say,
> exposing a potential hole in the Postal Service's lucrative revenue
> stream.

the same can be said of dollar bills in vending machines. these things
simply look at the top of the bill and compare it to an image of a $1 bill.
so usually any old xerox of a dollar bill will work. sometimes better than
the real thing.

> As a test of that vulnerability, The Chronicle mailed out 96 letters
> around the nation, some with as little as 5 cents postage, and none with
> a 32 cent stamp.
> Almost all the letters were delivered with no questions asked.

of course I have *never* tested any of these methods, it's just what I



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