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Scam Alert: Mail fraud scams

Posted by Ellen Brown | Dec 29, 2023

Mail fraud scams are when someone uses the mail to trick you into giving them money or personal information. These scams can come in many different forms, such as fake sweepstakes or donation requests. Here are some tips to help you avoid mail fraud scams:

  1. Be wary of unexpected mail: If you receive mail from someone you don't know or weren't expecting, be cautious. Don't give out any personal information or money to any person or organization you do not know.  

  2. Don't fall for fake sweepstakes: Scammers may send you a letter saying you've won a large sum of money or a prize, but that you need to pay a fee to claim it. They may also claim you have to pay the taxes on your winnings before they will send the money to you.  Don't fall for this, as legitimate sweepstakes never require you to pay to claim a prize.  

  3. Verify the organization: If you receive a request for a donation, check the organization's legitimacy before giving any money. Look for their contact information online and research their reputation.

  4. Don't give out personal information: Scammers may ask for personal information, like your social security number or bank account details. Never give out this information unless you're sure it's safe.

  5. Report suspicious mail: If you think you've received mail that is part of a scam, report it to the United States Postal Inspection Service or the Federal Trade Commission.

Remember, it's important to be careful when receiving mail from someone you don't know. If you're not sure whether a letter is legitimate, don't give out any personal information or money. Instead, verify the organization's identity and report any suspicious activity.

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