empty mailboxMail theft often goes unnoticed, because many thieves are sneaky. They may take only what is useful to them, leaving the junk mail for their unsuspecting victims.

Sometimes, though, you just know. Perhaps you haven’t received anything in days, or your junk mail is strewn about the sidewalk. Maybe there are opened empty envelopes in your mailbox.

Your mail has been stolen!

So what do you do if this happens to you? Follow these steps!

(1) Issue a Fraud Alert Immediately.

This temporary alert (expires after 90 days) requires credit bureaus to contact you directly to verify your identity when anyone inquires on your credit. Contact (by phone or online) one of the three major credit bureaus and request a fraud alert. No need to contact all three, as they are required to communicate fraud alerts with each other. Fraud Alert Contact Information:

(2) Report Theft to the USPIS.

The United States Postal Inspection Service is responsible for investigating all mail theft. Notify them immediately if you know your mail is stolen. To report your mail theft online, use this USPIS Contact Form.

(3) File a Complaint with the FTC.

The Federal Trade Commission is responsible for compiling national data on mail and identity theft. Beware the FTC does not resolve individual consumer complaints, but provides valuable information for officials in their investigations. File a complaint with the FTC Complaint Form.

(4) Don’t Be a Victim: Secure Your Mail!

A high-quality locking security mailbox will keep your incoming mail secure until you have a chance to retrieve it, protecting your mail from would be mail-identity thieves. Remember, a high security mailbox like the Mail Boss curbside locking mailbox will protect your mail and prevent you from being a victim of mail theft in the future.