Identity theft is the fastest growing crime in the United States for the past 10 years, and affects over 10 million Americans each year. Mail theft is a common way that identity thieves can steal your identity, and the 60 million unlocked mailboxes in the US offer a treasure trove of opportunity for would-be identity thieves. Victims of mail theft often do not realize they have been victimized until their credit record and good name is ruined. Remedying the outcomes of fraud and identity theft requires thousands of dollars and hours of your time. This section provides information about the prevalence of mail and identity theft, and the precautions you can take to protect yourself and your name.
Identity Theft on the Rise
Did You Know?
- 1 in 20 Americans are victims of ID theft each year
- Only 35% of ID theft victims know how their info was compromised
- The majority of known ID theft is perpetuated via low-tech methods: stolen wallets, stolen mail, and stolen trash.
- Mail theft is highly under-reported because most people don’t realize when their mail has been stolen
Mail Identity Theft & Consumer Information
Mail Identity Theft – November 2014
Oh boy, the mail thieves have been busy this month, especially in the last couple of weeks. This time of year is when people start sending checks, gift cards, and other goodies in the mail, so crooks are on the prowl. Be sure to lock up your mailbox and take precautions when sending gifts through […]
Mail Theft Continues to Grow… We Can’t Keep Up!
Back in 2006 when we launched the original curbside Mail Boss, you hardly ever heard about mail thefts in the news. It used to be that every once in a while we would find a really relevant news story about mail-identity theft, and publish here to help consumers realize the importance of a locking mailbox. […]
Prevent ID Theft in 7 Easy Steps
Check out this helpful video from HowCast, which offers Personal Security and Self Defense videos here. It highlights 7 Easy Steps to Prevent ID Theft: The most important steps to take to prevent identity theft include:
A Blogger’s Take on Mail-Identity Theft
This blog post by SusanHi is one of the most comprehensive discussion of mail-identity theft and preventative measures you should take that we have seen online… almost anywhere! We should have shared it years ago, when it was first published. But, better late then never. She was inspired to share her story and insights after a […]
Yes, Your Mail Matters to ID Thieves
Stolen mail a leading cause of Identity Theft, despite popular belief As a company that manufactures and sells locking mailboxes, clearly we have a vested interest in people believing there is a need for a secure mailbox product. More importantly, we truly believe this need is real. (After all, we developed the Mail Boss line […]
Mail Identity Theft – October 2014
Mail identity theft, mail thief arrests, and stolen mail from the United States in October 2014. According to research, stolen mail is a leading cause of ID theft, and responsible for 80% of consumer fraud. However, it can be easily prevented with the use of a security locking mailbox, along with other prevention strategies. Oct. […]
Cascade Pest Locking Mailboxes Burglarized
(Pro-tip: There’s a solution for that!) One of our vendors sent us a letter stating that payments may have been stolen from the mail. While many people have moved away from uses checks to pay bills, most businesses still send and receive payments by mail. Locking mailboxes can prevent checks from being stolen from the […]
Mail Identity Theft – September 2014
Mail stolen, and Mail identity theft from across the country in September 2014. Sept. 2: LAS VEGAS, Nevada: KSNV - Rip-Off Alert: Sophisticated ID theft ring upended Sept. 3: DALLAS, Texas: The Dallas Morning News - 3 get prison time for stealing mail in Dallas HESPERIA, California: Daily Press - Four arrested after attempting to […]
Mail Identity Theft – August 2014
Here is the round up of mail identity theft in August 2014 from across the nation, including reports of stolen mail, mail thief arrests, and identity theft rings uncovered. Wichita, Kansas and areas of California were particularly hard hit this month. To prevent mail theft, a leading cause of the ID theft, use a locking […]
Mail Identity Theft – July 2014
Thieves stealing mail for identity theft across the United States in July 2014. To prevent mail-identity theft and mailbox vandalism, consider a Mail Boss.