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It may be the stickiest scam on the Internet - a nine-year saga of deceit that has seen thousands of altered postage stamps sold to unwitting collectors on eBay and other Internet auction sites. More striking than its longevity, though, is that the mastermind has never been charged with a crime, even though his identity apparently is known to eBay security, law enforcement officials and some of the nation's leading stamp experts.

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I remember reading years ago about some crook who became a millionaire by scamming people out of a couple of dollars apiece (I don't remember his method). He said it was perfect because the cops simply didn't want to know about any thefts that small even if they aggregated to millions of dollars. He was never prosecuted, and retired to Acapulco lucre intacta. It makes one think.

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