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.
Stealing identity is a common practice for a thief, but mail fraud is one the scammer loves to do especially around tax time.
common name for an online thief is called “phishers” and brother, do
they love to catch the big ones, especially at tax time.
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.
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.
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
- With the products he just purchased the thief can drop a line into a mailbox and snag an envelope with a check.
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.
“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.
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.
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%.
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.
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
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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