Protect Your Mail From Thieves

By
Services for Real Estate Pros with IDTheftSecurity.com Inc

Do you have Informed Delivery from the US Postal Service? If not, you should. Every day, it sends you an email that shows what is coming in your mail.

However, there is also the possibility that someone could pose as you and get your Informed Delivery. This means that they could get your mail before you do.

In fact, this is already happening. The bad guys are signing up with the addresses of other people, and then collecting their mail. Why? Because they want to get access to things like credit card applications or new credit cards.

What if your mail contains a check? The thief could easily cash it before you even realized it was gone.

Protect Your Mail From Cybercriminals

There are numerous reports that show groups of thieves in actually used the USPS to apply for credit cards via an application that we all get in our mail. They then just had to wait. They knew the exact day the credit cards would arrive because they had access to the owners’ mail via Informed Delivery. By doing this, they were able to spend around $400,000, and the owners didn’t realize it until it was too late.

A locking mailbox could certainly help, and you can also opt out of informed delivery by emailing eSafe@usps.gov. This prevents anyone from signing up for it in your name.

You can also consider a credit freeze. This does not guarantee that a thief won’t be able to steal your identity and open a credit card, but it makes it much more difficult.

Other Things You Can Do

Here are a few other things you can do:

  • Check your credit cards statements each month for any charges that look strange or unfamiliar, and then immediately report them, even if it is a small amount.
  • Contact the three major credit reporting agencies and sign up for alerts to get any changes in your credit report.
  • Get a mailbox that locks. There is too much information out there not to have this.

Written by Robert Siciliano, CEO of Credit Parent, Head of Training & Security Awareness Expert at Protect Now, #1 Best Selling Amazon author, Media Personality & Architect of CSI Protection Certification.

Comments (14)

John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Hello Robert Siciliano thank you for the very valuable report to protect mail from thieves.

Jul 10, 2021 12:23 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good afternoon Robert - thanks for the heads up.  I think that I should check on this since i have informed delivery.

Jul 10, 2021 12:37 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Robert- for years I did not like the street mailboxes that you had to walk to. Although we now have one and, while not foolproof, I feel better about my mail being delivered there than to a box in the front of the house. 

Jul 10, 2021 04:37 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Jul 10, 2021 06:48 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hello Robert... I do get informed deliver to keep track of what to expect. My husband monitors our credit cards like a hawk.

Jul 11, 2021 04:49 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Robert. Having our mailbox locked and under constant surveillence is one advantage of living in a hirise in downtown Chicago. Lead poisoning is another issue. Enjoy your day.

Jul 11, 2021 05:07 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Yes, I do use Informed Delivery, and I check all my credit card statements. It's unfortunate we need to do that, but...  it is what it is.

Jul 11, 2021 05:32 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Robert - being, keeping and staying "aware" is a good way to participate in everyday living.  That said, the practice remains a "work in progress".  

Jul 11, 2021 07:52 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

this is such a helpful post to read!  THanks for keeping us sensible!  Have a great week 

Jul 11, 2021 10:27 AM
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

It's certainly a new world.  I am pretty much paperless with my bills, almost never pay anything in cash, and check my credit cards almost daily.  I do get a lot of credit offerings in my p.o. box that is concerning but those go into my shredder.  So far so good.  

Jul 11, 2021 10:47 AM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

The thieves will try anything they believe will work just to get someone elses' money

Jul 12, 2021 06:44 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Thanks for some great advice. I watch our bank account and credit cards very closely but no doubt there is more I can do. Now to get in touch with the credit card companies!

 

Jul 12, 2021 09:25 PM
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center 262-567-2455 - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Great information.  Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful day!

Jul 30, 2021 07:02 AM