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Police: Tips You Need to Know to Protect Your Mail and Gift Deliveries During the Holidays

Published on Thursday, November 27, 2014 | 10:10 am

With the holiday season upon, the Pasadena Police Department has provided us with some helpful hints on how to safeguard your mail and parcel packages during the season.


 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.

 Pick up your mail promptly after it has been delivered. Don’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.

 If you don’t receive a check or credit card you have been expecting, contact the issue agency immediately.

 If you change addresses, contact your Post Office immediately.

 Do not send cash through the mail, ever!

 Report all suspected mail theft to the Postal Inspector

 Consider starting a neighborhood watch program. By exchanging work and vacation schedules with trusted friends and neighbors, you can watch each other’s mail deliveries and homes.

 Consult you Postmaster for the most up-to-date regulations on mailboxes, including the availability of locked centralized or curbside mailboxes.


 Beware of suspicious “900” telephone numbers

 Charity Fraud

 Credit Card Fraud – Never give out personal information over the phone

 Schemes that charge money before services are rendered

 Investment Fraud

 Chain letters asking for money

 E-mails indicating you won cash, however you have to send money in order to collet your winnings

 Foreign Lotteries

 Free vacation scams


 Home improvement

 Inheritance scams

 Unsolicited merchandise

 Money order scams

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