USPS Informed Delivery

We talk a lot about digital crimes, but did you know that plain old fashioned mail theft still exists? The criminals want more than just your coupons and magazine subscriptions – they want your identity. Indeed, this problem is tied directly to cyber-crime!

What is USPS Informed Delivery?

USPS Informed Delivery is a FREE service offered by the United States Postal Service where every day you get a scanned image of the outside envelope of your mail. The information is scanned by the postal service and this image is sent directly to your email inbox. The original mail is still sent to your physical mailbox.

What problem does this solve?

Consider this problem –

You receive a credit card offer in the mail that is preapproved in your name. All you have to do is complete the application by either calling in to the credit card company or completing the application and sending it back.

Unfortunately, criminals were out stealing mail from mailboxes and your credit card offer is in there. The criminals are able to use this application to open the credit card account in your name and rack up charges.

With Informed Delivery, you know what is supposed to be coming to your mailbox. If you did not receive it, there is a good chance that your mail was stolen and you need to report it.

Mail theft is a problem that isn’t going away anytime soon. According to the US Postal Inspection Service, in 2018 alone, approximately 2,500 suspects were arrested for mail theft[1].

USPS Informed Delivery is good for those who are reluctant to get online

There is a growing group of people across all demographics who are reluctant to get online. As a result, some people feel it safer to get statements, bills, and other important items through the mail. USPS informed delivery assists even those who are reluctant to get online by giving them an expectation of what is supposed to be in their mailbox. Informed Delivery is a great tool to know if something is missing from your mail.

What should you do?

Signup now! It is free and easy!

Have another thought, tip or suggestion? Leave it in the comments below. I would love to hear from you!

 

 


1[1] Source: US Postal Inspection (https://postalinspectors.uspis.gov/tips-prevention/mail-theft/)

Posted by Elvis Huff

Elvis Huff worked as an officer and network administrator for 12 years with the Lebanon Police Department and has also served as an adjunct professor in information systems at Cumberland University. Read More »

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