Mail Safety

    To limit the potential for fraud when using mail service:
  • Always use a locked mailbox or P.O. Box.
  • If your mail stops, check with the Post Office. Sometimes a change of address is submitted by a fraud perpetrator in an attempt to get your mail.
  • If you apply for a new card and it does not arrive, contact the issuer.
  • Never give out information, especially your Social Security numbers.
  • Invest in a shredder and shred or destroy all mail solicitations, pre-approval offers, old bills or statements before trashing them.
  • Consider opting-out of pre-approved offers of credit to reduce the potential for fraud by calling 1-888-5-OPTOUT or by visiting
  • Remove your mail promptly from your mailbox and never use your mailbox for outgoing mail.
  • If you receive an unsolicited check in the mail, especially if it is a cashier's check accompanied by a letter or invitation to claim a prize you did not apply for, shred it and do not make any contact with the company.
  • If you will be out of town for an extended period of time, request your mail to be held while you are away, or recruit a trusted family member or friend to pick up your mail. You can make a mail hold request online by visiting
  • For fraud attempts originating through the mail, contact your local United States Postal Service inspector to file a claim.