Camalier & Buckley Mail Order Inc., a defunct New York-based catalogue sales company under investigation by the New York attorney general's office, has signed a consent order with the U.S. Postal Service that provides for any incoming mail containing payments, orders or merchandise to be returned to sender.

The mail order company has no corporate ties to the Washington leather goods store, Camalier & Buckley, but was licensed to use the company's name and mailing list.

The firm went out of business in December leaving behind angry creditors and customers. Shortly afterward postal inspectors in New York recommended that a false representation complaint be filed against the mail order firm.

Instead an agreement was reached on Dec. 8, to allow postal inspectors to hold all incoming mail with payments, orders or merchandise. On Jan. 10, the company signed the agreement to allow the mail to be returned, according to case agent Neil Schori.

Douglas Ackerman, an assistant New York attorney general in the consumer fraud division, said an investigation by that office is continuing. The attorney general's office has notified customers who have contacted the office that three credit card firms -- Visa, Master Charge and American Express -- have granted credit for merchandise ordered but never received from the mail order firm.

Customers who have had problems with the mail order firm should contact the Bureau of Consumer Fraud in the New York attorney general's office, Ackerman said. erpes viruses. While a virus is not the only factor involved in utolith