Because internet frauds have been so closely monitored lately, some criminals have decided to revert back to the old-fashioned crime of stealing from mailboxes, according to the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office.
According to Sheriff Charles McDonald, the number of thefts from mailboxes have increased.
The Henderson County Sheriff’s Office has put together a list of steps to prevent your personal and financial identity from being stolen:
- Do not place checks, letters, or packages with your financial information in your mailboxes at home. The raised flag is a sign to would-be criminals that something of value may be inside. It is better to mail these items at USPS ‘blue box’ or at the post office.
- Have financial information or other sensitive mail delivered to a Post Office Box instead of your home mail box. Criminals will only need to spend a few seconds outside of your home to get access to your accounts or your identity.
- Request that USPS hold your mail when you are going to be away from home for extended periods. This will help disguise your absence and not leave personal information in reach of thieves.
If you believe you have been a victim of theft from your mailbox, contact your financial institution so they can be alert for suspicious activity.
You are also encouraged to contact your local law enforcement or the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office at 828.697.4911 to file a report.
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