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Threatening Letters and Cyberbullying

Have you ever received a letter that scared you or threatened to destroy your reputation? Mailings like this are a serious federal crime. If you receive a threatening letter, report it to Postal Inspectors and keep the letters as evidence. A more modern version of a threat letter is called cyberbullying. The effects of cyberbullying are in many ways worse than traditional bullying, infiltrating every part of a victim’s life and causing a variety of psychological struggles.

Threatening Letters

It’s a serious federal crime to use the mail to threaten a person. Watch to learn more about the threatening letters and cyberbullying that Postal Inspectors investigate.

Online Buying and Bullying

This online scam involving counterfeit glasses led to harassment and bullying. Watch to learn more about online buying and bullying.

Protect Yourself From Cyberbullying

  • Report threatening letters

    Keep any letter that attempts to scare, threaten or extort you in any way, and report it to the Postal Inspection Service by calling 1-877-876-2455.

  • Tell a trusted friend

    If you or anyone you know is being bullied, online or in person, tell a trusted friend or a loved one.

  • Keep a record of communication

    Keep a record of any cyberbullying, including copies of posts or messages, and report the threatening communications to your local police department.

Have You Witnessed This Scam?

If you’ve received a threatening letter in the mail or encountered cyberbullying, and the U.S. Mail® has been used in any way, we want to help. Please report the crime.

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