Can Postage Stamps Be Traced? No, it can’t. The only means of identification is when you read the label on it which gives you the exact location of where the sender purchased the postage. Asides from this, you’ll be running to the mountains alone, if you want to trace its source. Postage stamps cannot be tracked or traced, except in severe cases involving the police will have them using the person’s fingerprint for a retract.
There have been series of reports of being threatened; which sounds like a police case. The sender could have inserted the wrong address on the letter, making it impossible for you to trace. And the post office, based on policy, rebukes just telling anyone a sender’s address for any reason whatsoever. So, for cases like stalking, threatening, and any form of harassment, I will advise you to check for tips on Google or any security site.
Why Do Stamps Have Barcode?
The barcode behind your stamps is fast 2D automated and unchangeable signs that a set of information-based indicia (IBI) used to verify the stamps. They are used to prevent fraud as they serve as a specific grant of ownership of a piece and to also successfully register with the government agency— USPS.
The barcode will make the USPS swiftly identify adulterated or forged stamps; which are most times uneasy to detect my mere or normal eyes. A special kind of paper, ink, and coating is always used along with some meter imprints, which constitutes the barcode. Without these things, several mails would be sent without proper documentation and management.
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Most of the barcodes are in binary, it safeguards the tinny payload and the compartment of the printed barcode house. For this reason, barcode decoders that try to turn the codes into texts, end up failing.
To crown it, postage stamps cannot be traced no matter what. Only in extreme or criminal cases where the police or security agent are involved, it could only be traceable if the fingerprints of the sender alone remain on the mail, which is impossible. Another way is through the address stated by the sender. Asides from these, it is against the policy of the post office to disclose people’s addresses.