Mail theft is on the rise, and unfortunately, it's happening right here in our communities. Through armed robbery of postal carriers and theft, criminals are trying to gain access to the master keys of the blue USPS mailboxes – ultimately in search of checks that can be altered, counterfeited, or sold online.
In several cases, member-issued checks have been stolen from USPS mailboxes, as well as members’ mailboxes, altered, and negotiated elsewhere. The checks can also be used to open fraudulent new accounts and loans using the name and address information of stolen identities. You can protect yourself by:
- Paying your bills online
- Mailing checks in the post office lobby rather than using blue mailboxes
- Check your credit union accounts regularly for unfamiliar transactions
- Report suspicious transactions to us immediately
Information courtesy of CUNA Mutual Group Risk Alert: August 16, 2022