USPS Does NOT Recommend Using Blue Mailboxes During Holidays
USPS ISSUES WARNING IT IS NOT SAFE TO USE BLUE MAILBOXES THIS HOLIDAY SEASON
The United States Postal Service has made a stunning warning, telling everyone the it does not recommend the use of its blue mailboxes during the holidays. That means that the USPS has specifically said that it’s not necessarily safe to use their blue mailboxes to drop off mail for the next several months. Millions of Americans use them everyday. But recent reports of exploding mail fraud and theft have made this American mail staple unsafe to use, according to the USPS itself. They warn that criminal groups across the US are coordinating tactics targeting these blue mailboxes.
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USPS SAYS THERE IS A COORDINATED CRIMINAL TARGETING OF BLUE MAILBOXES
In other words, the very type of criminals you don’t want having any access to your personal information is engaged in a strategy to steal US mail on a grander scale. So things like your email address, mailing address, credit card information, utility data, etc, are quite possibly (more) vulnerable if any of it ends up in a blue mailbox. And if you do use one, be sure to drop your mail off just before the last collection time that day. In other words, do NOT leave your mail in a blue mailbox overnight. And that goes double for Saturdays and Sundays.
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TAKE YOUR MAIL DIRECTLY TO LOCAL USPS OFFICE, OR GIVE TO YOUR MAIL CARRIER BY HAND
So what’s the answer? The obvious, for the most part. Give your mail directly to your mail carrier, if you can. Once they have it, it’s practically at the Post Office already. Or, simply drop your mail off at the Post Office directly. Once it’s there, it’s secure and en-route to wherever you have addressed it. The USPS also suggest signing up for their Informed Delivery service, which lets you track the status of your mail. But no matter what, don’t send cash in the mail this holiday season. Maybe even wait until mid-January!