PAP also forged
From France we know them already for a while, and also other countries regularly offer them: pre-illustrated postal stationary. In France they are called Prêt à Poster or in short PAP's. The English say Ready-To-Post and in Germany they call it Plusbrief. What is important for us is that both the franking and the illustration are printed on the envelop by the postal service.
But some postal services nowadays offer packs of pre-franked envelops without illustrations. Some clever guys try to cheat on us by offering those envelops with a homemade print as genuine specimen. Recently I discovered a few on an auction site and for the 1.50 euro that they cost, I decided to order a few.
On the website the envelops looked quite nice, but when I received them it appeared that it were homeprinted images on pre-franked envelops, and they were printed really badly. Some of the images were slanted and not completely on the envelop, others striped (empty or fauled printer cartridge) and/or with spots.
Thus I sent a message to Euridiece and.... no reaction anymore. Because the envelops are useless to me, I sent the whole bunch back. That is already more than 3 months ago and still the maker does not respond. So be careful when buying this kind of envelops.
The original France PAP's (not depicted here) at present have an illustration that matches the stamp image, so those are easy to recognise.
But it is important to stay awake, as those little criminals will probably also find a way to cheat with these.
Hans de Kloet
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