Mail Fraud Warning from the Financial Crimes Unit

ARCHIVED PRESS RELEASE: Published 6-18-2013

The Financial Crimes Unit has seen a trend regarding mail theft from unsecured mailboxes in business complexes in the east Tulsa area. The letter is a reminder of the importance of securing your mail and will provide a few helpful tips on how you can protect your mail from thieves.
The U.S. Postal Service handles 668 million pieces of mail every day. The vast majority of it arrives intact, but thieves get to some of it before delivery.

Promptly remove mail from your mailbox after delivery, especially if you're expecting checks, credit cards, or other negotiable items. If you won't be home when the items are expected, ask a trusted friend or neighbor to pick up your mail.

If you don't receive a check or other valuable mail you're expecting, contact the issuing agency immediately.

Always deposit your mail in a mail slot at your local post office, or hand it to your letter carrier.

Consult with your local postmaster for the most up-to-date regulations on mailboxes, including the availability of locked centralized or curbside mailboxes.


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