On most days, your mail is probably pretty boring—a few bills here, some junk mail there, maybe a birthday card on an exciting day. But to a scammer, your mail contains valuable personal information. Here, learn to recognize the warning signs of mail fraud and how to protect against it.
Mail fraud involves use of the postal system to steal money and valuables from victims. It is most often committed through solicitation letters, phony sweepstakes, bogus catalogs or work-at-home offers. Thieves can commit mail fraud by simply stealing mail—such as bank statements, credit card offers or checks—out of your mailbox. Even if your mail isn’t valuable in itself, it contains important personal information that could allow identity thieves to gain access to your accounts or open accounts in your name.
Making it difficult for your mail to be stolen or tampered with is your first line of defense against mail fraud. If thieves can’t access your mail, they can’t steal it!
The following steps may help prevent mail fraud:
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