In late 2018, the United States Postal Service introduced Informed Delivery, a service that allows you to see what’s coming to your mailbox that day. The service sends a daily email with small grayscale pictures of envelopes snapped during the automated sorting process. You can track packages, leave delivery instructions, and schedule redeliveries. There’s a smartphone app. It sounds like a good way to check your mail when you’re not at home, but it’s already causing some problems.
Sign up now, before someone else does it for you. (Source: usps.com)
Why Is It Dangerous?
A Secret Service internal alert in November asked all employees to sign up for the service immediately because reports of identity theft and credit card fraud were already surfacing. A group in Michigan applied for and stole $400,000 worth of credit card charges before the actual addressees knew they were in danger.
What Can I Do?
Sign up for service before someone else does for you. Set up accounts for your entire family and don’t forget grandparents and other elders! They’re easy targets for these scams.
The sign-up process is relatively simple. You enter your street address, set a password, select some security questions, and verify your identity online or by requesting a code mailed to your physical address. Of course, a thief can do the same thing, so it’s important to do this sooner rather than later. Stay vigilant!