Identity Theft Scam Targeting Change-Of-Address Forms

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Change-Of-Address Forms

An investigation looks at how scammers can steal your identity by forwarding your mail. A loophole in the post office change of address system can make it very easy for them. I was looking for some certain items to come in the mail. They just weren’t coming. I found out my mail was being forwarded to Florida. Donald and Debbie never forwarded their mail. For two weeks their bank statements, credit card bills and tax documents were being delivered to this vacant home in Pembroke Pines Florida.

Post Office

The post office is letting them steal your identity. It is like giving a car chief your keys. change of address forms are available at any post office. All you have to do is fill out the card and drop it in the New York mailbox. Scammers can then collect your mail at a vacant home orphic address. I’ve had so many conversations with so many people at the post office that one person did say that to me that they realized it is a problem. Kathy lives in Boston. Her mail was forwarded to this apartment also in Pembroke Pines. It suggests that you have a nationwide bracket being conducted out of this area of Florida. The crooks are long gone in the time victims complain.

Top Priority

Identity theft is a top priority for us. We can only do so much in an investigation based on the evidence gathered. A 2008 inspector general report warned that the postal service should improve controls to ensure proper authorization and validation of a change of address request. Did you ever get a satisfactory answer from the post office about what happened? No. I have seen none of that. The lady at the post office didn’t seem concerned. Security experts say more can be done.

At the person go to the window at the post office, hand in the form and show identification before the mail gets forwarded. Once you feel violated, you can never feel safe. Postal officials would not answer our questions or about starting a system to confirm identities before processing address changes.

Solution

For now letters are sent to both the original and new addresses once a request has been submitted. The couple says they never got them. Complaints like these are rare but it continues to implement

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