Mail security

Review these tips for keeping your mail safe.

Smart ideas for protecting your mail

  • Notify the post office immediately if you change your address.
  • Get a mailbox that you must unlock with a key to remove your mail.
  • Don’t leave your mail for long periods of time in visible, unguarded areas (e.g., apartment lobbies).
  • Reduce your risk of mail fraud by signing up for electronic statements or bills.
  • Review your statements both in paper and online to detect suspicious activity and fraud.
  • If you’re out of town, put a hold on your mail delivery or have a person you trust pick it up.
  • Don’t put outgoing mail in your residential mailbox. It could be stolen.
  • Put outgoing mail in a secure USPS mail box or hand it directly to a uniformed USPS mail carrier.
  • Use an electronic bill pay service to help keep your information safe.
  • If a company’s regular bills or statements stop reaching you, contact that company immediately.
  • If you stop receiving mail, call the post office immediately.

Note: If you use the red flags found on some mailboxes to alert your mail carrier of outgoing mail, you are also alerting potential thieves that outgoing mail is in the box!

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