• Possible Mail Thieves in your area. Known to wear mask and hoodie to cover face and carrying large shopping bag or duffle bag to hide stolen mail and packages.
• If you are a victim of mail theft or you observe suspicious activity near your mail receptacle in your building, immediately contact your local police, then contact Postal Inspectors at 1-877-876-2455.
• Monitor your front door. If you have building security camera system, ensure it captures activity at your front door and mailbox. If you catch any mail thieves in the act, save the video and alert your local police and Postal Inspector.
• Pick up your mail promptly after delivery. Don’t leave mail in your mailbox or packages unattended overnight.
• Consider starting neighborhood or building watch program. By exchanging work and vacation schedules with trusted friends and neighbors, you can watch each others mailboxes as well and surrounding areas for thieves.
• Sign-up for informed delivery that gives you the ability to view letter-sized mail pieces coming to your mailbox daily and manage packages scheduled to arrive soon. Go to Usps.gov under Informed Delivery for more information.
• If victim of financial fraud or would like to discuss other building security methods including alternative mail key entry to building, contact Michael Carroll, US Postal Inspection Service at 312-983-7885.
• If you are a victim of mail theft and believe you are missing bank or credit card documents or other financial mail you may want to notify the three major credit reporting agencies. Whichever company you contact is required to tell the other two:
Experian vial online www.Experian.com or 1-888-397 -3743 Trans Union online www.transunion.com or 1-800-60-7289
Equifax online www.Equifax.com or 1-888-836-6351
• As soon as that agency processes your fraud alert, it will notify the other two, which
then also must place fraud alerts in your file.
• A fraud alert doesn’t prevent new lenders from viewing your credit report, but it does notify them to take extra precaution, such as calling you directly, when verifying a credit application. An initial fraud alert lasts for one year.
• With a credit freeze, new lenders will not be able to view your credit report. This gives you more control of who can access your information. A credit freeze will stay on your credit report until you choose to remove it. You will need to notify each of the three credit bureaus on your own to freeze your credit with them.
• To obtain free copy of your credit reports to review immediately and also look for accounts, inquiries and addresses you do not recognize. Go to:
• If you learn of fraudulent activity in your name contact Postal Inspectors at 1-877- 876-2455. or contact Michael Carroll, US Postal Inspection Service at 312-983- 7885.