The mail you receive
and send includes information that deserves special attention. Everything
from account numbers and balances on financial accounts to the name and
account number on checks you mail can be valuable to thieves and other
Here are some ideas
to help keep your mail secure:
- Never send cash
or coins. Use checks and money orders.
- Do not leave mail
you receive in your mail box for any longer than necessary. If you are
going to be gone, have a family member or trusted friend take the mail
from your mail box. If you are going to be gone for an extended period,
have the post office hold your mail until you return.
- Instead of placing
outgoing mail in your mailbox with the flag up, drop off mail in a mail
slot at a blue drop off box or at the post office. You can also just
hand your outgoing mail to your mail carrier.
- If you see suspicious
individuals around your mail box, contact the post office or the police.
- Investigate getting
a lockable mailbox if you are very concerned.
- Consider using
a post office box or renting a private mail box at a shipping and delivery
- Use checks that
are tamper-resistant and write checks in ink.
- Have incoming checks
automatically deposited instead of being sent to you. This direct deposit
service is probably available for your paycheck. The Social Security
Administration also can accommodate direct deposit.
- If you are expecting
a check or other valuable piece of mail and do not receive it, contact
the sender. You can ask them to stop payment on a check if you think
it has been stolen.
- If you believe
your mail has been stolen, contact your postmaster.
- If you do not receive
your mail all of a sudden, it is possible that someone filed a change
of address with the post office using your name. Contact your post office
- If you move or
change address, notify the post office and anyone that you do business
with through the mail.