PROTECTING YOUR MAIL:
ïƒ˜ Do not leave mail attached to your door slot for pick up. Take it to the post office or hand it to your mail carrier.
ïƒ˜ Pick up your mail promptly after it has been delivered. Donâ€™t let it sit in your mailbox overnight. If you are expecting checks, credit cards or other negotiable items, ask a trusted neighbor or friend to pick up your mail. You can also request to have your mail held at the post office if you are away on vacation.
ïƒ˜ If you donâ€™t receive a check or credit card you have been expecting, contact the issue agency immediately.
ïƒ˜ If you change addresses, contact your Post Office immediately.
ïƒ˜ Do not send cash through the mail, ever!
ïƒ˜ Report all suspected mail theft to the Postal Inspector
ïƒ˜ Consider starting a neighborhood watch program. By exchanging work and vacation schedules with trusted friends and neighbors, you can watch each otherâ€™s mail deliveries and homes.
ïƒ˜ Consult you Postmaster for the most up-to-date regulations on mailboxes, including the availability of locked centralized or curbside mailboxes.
ïƒ˜ Beware of suspicious â€œ900â€ telephone numbers
ïƒ˜ Charity Fraud
ïƒ˜ Credit Card Fraud â€“ Never give out personal information over the phone
ïƒ˜ Schemes that charge money before services are rendered
ïƒ˜ Investment Fraud
ïƒ˜ Chain letters asking for money
ïƒ˜ E-mails indicating you won cash, however you have to send money in order to collet your winnings
ïƒ˜ Foreign Lotteries
ïƒ˜ Free vacation scams
OTHER TYPES OF FRAUD
ïƒ˜ Home improvement
ïƒ˜ Inheritance scams
ïƒ˜ Unsolicited merchandise
ïƒ˜ Money order scams
Postal Inspector 1-877-876-2455
The U.S. Postal Inspection Service likes to keep its customers satisfied, and a new call center helps them do that. Callers can reach the appropriate Postal Inspection Service office by dialing 1-877-876-2455 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in all time zones.
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