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A TV Drama Series Will Focus on Postal Crime

Online sellers may be interested to learn about a new television series will focus on consumer fraud and postal crime. “The Inspectors” will air on Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. on CBS beginning October 3rd and revolves around a crime-fighting team at the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.

The show’s creator, Dave Morgan, told the USPS, “The Inspectors is a story that allows us to have a vessel to teach the American public about … what an Inspector does day in and day out.”

The series stars Jessica Lundy as Postal Inspector Amanda Wainwright. Actor Brett Green plays her teenage son Preston, who works as an intern at the forensic crime lab. The half-hour scripted drama is geared toward a general audience.

Each episode will conclude with a crime-prevention message from Chief Postal Inspector Guy Cottrell, delivered in the style of Efrem Zimbalist Jr. during the 1960s series “The F.B.I.”

According to the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, which was founded by Benjamin Franklin, it added a uniformed security force in 1971 to assist in carrying out the Inspection Service’s mission.

The website explains that U.S. Postal Inspectors are federal law enforcement officers who carry firearms, make arrests, execute federal search warrants, and serve subpoenas. Inspectors work with U.S. Attorneys, other law enforcement, and local prosecutors to investigate cases and prepare them for court. Inspectors throughout the country enforce roughly 200 federal laws related to crimes that adversely affect or entail fraudulent use of the U.S. Mail, the postal system, postal employees, and customers.

Will the publicity garnered from the show reduce watchers’ temptation to scam online sellers? One can only hope. You can learn more about the agency on its website, which also features educational content about how to identify scams, such as one called the reshipping scam.

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Ina Steiner is co-founder and Editor of EcommerceBytes and has been reporting on ecommerce since 1999. She's a widely cited authority on marketplace selling and is author of "Turn eBay Data Into Dollars" (McGraw-Hill 2006). Her blog was featured in the book, "Blogging Heroes" (Wiley 2008). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to ina@ecommercebytes.com.