Royal Mail UV Franking

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Found 13th Sep 2013
Thought this was kinda' cool. I was wondering why my letters and stuff weren't franked with ink anymore. Tried shining a UV light on them and look what I found.

They're invisibly franked. How cool is that.

People use to reuse stamps that passed through the franking process by using an iron and sticking them back on or selling em' on eBay.

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Original Poster

http://oi43.tinypic.com/r0w9bo.jpg

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Are you sure that's franking? It just looks like the stamp design to me

Banned

Confirmed, it's not franking. It's to prevent forgery of stamps.

Pheww

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hukdealz

Confirmed, it's not franking. It's to prevent forgery of stamps.Pheww



Really? I doubt it'd be that hard to just put a layer of uv ink over it.

I was reading some post on eBay and the seller was saying that he was using unfranked stamps and that Royal Mail were asking his customers to pay extra for delivery. So there must be a way they're finding it.

KM4353


Nothing on tv tonight? ;-)

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ktm666

Nothing on tv tonight? ;-)



Don't really watch TV tbh. I stream most of my stuff.

ktm666

Nothing on tv tonight? ;-)


Erm, if thats her in the Avatar, I think she's out out most of the time...

That's just the phosphorus strip.

The main way they stop you reusing them is that it is very difficult to keep the stamp intact when unsticking it.

KM4353


Interesting, but I don't think that's a UV mark. It looks like just a strip, if it was a UV mark; wouldn't they put some kind of Royal Mail logo/emblem on it instead?

that strip is there when you buy brand new from the shop you can see it in certain light don't believe me go buy a brand new stamp and shine your uv light over it

Franking has useful info like when and where the letter was sent from. If RM are too lazy to frank the letter they don't deserve to be paid for delivering it.

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larrylightweight

that strip is there when you buy brand new from the shop you can see it … that strip is there when you buy brand new from the shop you can see it in certain light don't believe me go buy a brand new stamp and shine your uv light over it


Agreed

if you look real close at the stamp they are becoming tamper proof look at those punched holes down the sides designed to come apart when stamp is pulled back off the paper just like they have on cds and games, it cuts out the middle man ie franking meaning RM saves money i think it will go this way

larrylightweight

if you look real close at the stamp they are becoming tamper proof look … if you look real close at the stamp they are becoming tamper proof look at those punched holes down the sides designed to come apart when stamp is pulled back off the paper just like they have on cds and games, it cuts out the middle man ie franking meaning RM saves money i think it will go this way



So people just cut it out from the envelope and glue it to another.
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