Mail Fraud Scams Are Real!
You Need To Be Aware

Mail fraud scams are happening every day. Unless you are aware of how this identity theft scam is done, you can find you are a victim of a scammer that will steal your life.

Mail fraud scams happen every day. Your mailbox is a prime target.

Stealing identity is a common practice for a thief, but mail fraud is one the scammer loves to do especially around tax time.

  • The common name for an online thief is called “phishers” and brother, do they love to catch the big ones, especially at tax time.
  • These identity thieves are not only after your money, but are after your identity with e-mails that mislead you into believing they are from the Internal Revenue Service.

To learn more about the viciousness of these thieves go to identity theft scams to become more knowledgeable on how to protect yourself and loved ones.

  • The dangerous part of these mail fraud scams is when you use your mailbox instead of your computer when you fill out your tax checks, and forms.
  • The lesser part of this scam is called “fishing” and all that is needed is about $10 dollars of supplies that can be purchased at any hardware store.
  • With the products he just purchased the thief can drop a line into a mailbox and snag an envelope with a check.
  • Many scams of mail fraud are done by thieves that don’t even bother using this type of method; they just break into the locked drop boxes and reach into their openings and grab what they want.
  • The “phisher” is after your check which can then be what they call “washed”. This is done by first placing tape over your signature to protect it, and then putting the check into a pan of chemicals.
  • After the check is soaked and the thief removes the tape, they have your signature on a Blank check which also has your bank account number on it to use to their hearts desires.

A friend of mine is a police officer and states that this type of crime is not as widespread as other scams; it is commonly done by drug addicts in need of quick cash to buy drugs.

This scam is something that is happening across the country sporadically, but is predominantly done in the southwest.

When the United States Postal Inspection Service identifies an area that is having an issue with this scam, they install anti-fishing devices in the inside of the collection boxes.

The USPIS has become one of the most proactive federal agencies that is fighting fishing, consumer fraud, and many other mail fraud scams.

  • A few years ago this crime accounted for about 4% and is now down to about 2%.

Identity thieves have a golden opportunity with mailboxes filled with a treasure trove of information of tax forms, and many other personal information which, by the way, has All the imperative information they need to steal your identity.

Mail Safety Tips

  • Choose a busy location if you must use a drop box.
  • Deposit mail as close as possible to their collection times.
  • Many of the outside boxes are under camera surveillance.
  • One good trick is to use a “gel” pen to write your checks and signature.

Many pens such as Uniball contain an ink that is special and is more resistant to check-washing.

  • If you suspect you are victims of this “fishing” scam, call the Postal Service toll free number 1-877-876-2455, then choose option 2. A voice will prompt you for a ZIP code, and then a duty inspector will get on the phone.

This is one of only many mail fraud scams that is making it's way around the country. Please take the time to check out all the different types of identity theft to protect your identity and everything you’ve worked so hard for.

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