Greatest Risks to Postal Service Revenue

Revenue fraud includes many different types of fraud, but all have the same result: the U.S. Postal Service loses money. Here are some examples:

Permit imprint mail. Mailing is entered into the system without first being properly verified.

Presorted (Discount) mail. Mailing does not qualify for the rates claimed. The mailer submitted more mail than claimed or claimed refunds for higher volumes than what was entered in the mailstream.

Plant-verified drop shipments. Mailer adds mailpieces after the mailing is verified. The mailer states that a container of mail was left out of a shipment and has already been paid for when in fact itís additional mail.

Eligibility fraud. Mailing does not meet requirements for the rate claimed; or does not have a valid authorization for preferential rates, such as for Periodicals or nonprofit mail.

Bribery, collusion, or employee misconduct. Mailer or postal employee colludes with a mailing representative to avoid postage payments.

Meters. Mailer counterfeits meter indicia or manipulates meters to avoid paying postage.

Information-based indicia (IBI). Mailer counterfeits indicia or reuses IBI postage.

Retail fraud. Mailer uses a fraudulent credit card or a bad check to purchase postal products or services.

Stamp counterfeits. Mailer uses counterfeit stamps.

Customer fraud. Third-party mailers charge customers for services not provided, which may give customers the impression that the Postal Service failed to provide the requested service.