U.S. Postal Service Warning Users Against Sending Checks Through The Mail

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A new cautionary message has been issued by the U.S. Postal Service, advising individuals against sending checks via mail. With approximately 3.4 billion checks written by Americans last year for various bill payments, concerns have arisen due to an alarming increase in check theft.

Caitlin Driscoll from the Better Business Bureau acknowledges, “Unfortunately, this is something that can happen.” The Postal Service has reported a doubling of mail theft complaints in 2021, while banks have observed a significant rise in check fraud, with 680,000 reported cases last year compared to 300,000 the previous year.

The culprits behind these thefts remain unclear, with possibilities ranging from postal distribution center employees recognizing checks in envelopes to opportunistic thieves fishing out envelopes from mailboxes. Consequently, the post office has started installing highly secure mailboxes in certain areas, featuring narrow openings to restrict the number of envelopes accepted. This measure compels customers to personally visit the post office instead of relying on mailboxes.

Regardless of the thieves’ identities, the data present on bank checks can be exploited by sophisticated scam artists who may alter the payee’s name or even the check’s amount. The post office advises individuals, if they must send a check, to avoid using mailboxes and instead bring the envelope directly to the post office. Driscoll recommends, “If you are choosing to mail a check, it is always recommended that you use a secure mail drop such as inside a post office versus an unsecured public-facing mailbox.”

While many companies now encourage online payments, it is essential to acknowledge the associated fraud risks, given the surge in online payment fraud. One study reported that 2.5 million online transactions were compromised in 2022. If feasible, paying by credit card is preferred over debit cards, as it provides greater legal recourse and a more extended time frame to address any issues that may arise during a transaction.

{Matzav.com}


4 COMMENTS

  1. “with possibilities ranging from postal distribution center employees recognizing checks in envelopes.”

    makas choshech strikes again.

    why are these centers not surveilled with cameras being monitored consistently

  2. If law enforcement does nothing, it continues. Many businesses in downtown Manhattan have lost thousands of dollars because of checks being stolen that were sent in the mail. The post office is won’t do a blasted thing about it. Maybe they’re the ones stealing the money?

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