Avoid Mailing checks says USPS

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A surge in crimes targeting the U.S. Postal Service has some experts warning Americans against sending their checks through the mail. The USPS last month cautioned that it has seen an increase in attacks on letter carriers and mail fraud incidents, with 305 mail carriers robbed in the first half of fiscal year 2023, on pace to exceed the previous year’s 412 robberies. At the same time, fraudsters are targeting mailboxes, either stealing letters directly from residents’ homes or from the blue USPS collection boxes, the postal service said.

The rise in crime targeting postal carriers and mailboxes heightens the risk that mailed checks could be stolen, as has been documented in incidents across the nation. For instance, a rash of thefts from blue collection boxes in Milwaukee led to the break up last month of a criminal ring. The suspects allegedly used stolen “arrow keys,” or a universal USPS key that opens mail collection boxes, to pilfer mail, including more than 900 stolen checks, according to a criminal complaint.

The theft issues have prompted the USPS to advise that Americans avoid depositing mail in blue collection boxes or leaving it in their own mailboxes for a carrier to pick up. Instead, the agency is now recommending that patrons come inside their local post office to securely send mail.

Experts concur with the advisory to only mail checks at the post office.

Read more at CBSnews.com

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