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Protect yourself TIPS
Avoid common scams with these tips and read more about each topic.
Do you respond to spam or unsolicited emails?
Unwanted emails—or emails from unknown senders—could be an attempt to “phish” for your private information and steal your identity.Cybercrime
Is your Social Security card in your wallet?
It’s dangerous to carry your Social Security card. A lost wallet could mean a lost identity.Identity Theft
Is your child safe?
Know who communicates with your child online and monitor their computer usage.Child Safety
Do you feel pressured to "act now"?
High-pressure phrases like “This opportunity won’t last!” and “Contact us or face legal action.” are a hallmark of scammers.Mail Fraud
Do you talk to someone on the phone every day?
Feeling socially isolated can make you more susceptible to scams.Older Americans
Can you identify a suspicious package?
Excessive postage and an unknown return address are signs of potentially suspicious mail.Suspicious Mail
Do you pick up your mail every day?
Never leave mail in your mailbox overnight, especially if you’re expecting checks or credit cards.Mail & Package Theft
Did you sign your credit card?
Sign new credit cards received through the mail immediately—before someone else does.Financial Fraud
Were you asked to send money?
Legitimate lotteries will never ask you to send money in order to claim a prize. If it sounds too good to be true, it’s probably a scam.Mail Fraud
Identity theft is the fastest growing crime in America.Learn More
Postal Inspectors investigated and prosecuted the first Ponzi scheme.Learn More
The Mail Fraud Statute was the country’s first consumer protection law.Learn More
Mail and Package Theft
In Fiscal Year 2018, Postal Inspectors arrested almost 2,500 suspects for theft of mail and packages.Learn More
During Fiscal Year 2018, Postal Inspectors responded to 2,555 incidents involving suspicious items, substances, powders, or liquids—no fatalities resulted.Learn More
Dementia and other age-related brain impairments play a significant role in financial exploitation.Learn More
Phishing is the most commonly used cyberattack.Learn More
One in seven children, aged 10 to 17, have been sexually solicited or approached via the Internet.Learn More
Report a Crime
Are you a victim or have you witnessed a mail-related crime? Alert Postal Inspectors to the problem and prevent others from being victimized.Report Now