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

Mail ID Theft

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

  • Oasis Jr Mailboxes Pried Open in Jefferson County, CO

    MailboxBurglaryIn Jefferson County Colorado, many residents have learned the hard way that simply having a locking mailbox is not enough to keep mail thieves at bay. Their “secure” mailboxes were busted open and the contents stolen for fraud. (Read the full story on CBS Denver here.) No longer is any old mailbox with a lock […]

  • Mail-Identity Theft: October 2015

    MailIDTheftHere is a curated selection of news reports of stolen mail and mail-related identity theft from October 2015 in the United States. Stolen mail continues to be a leading cause of ID theft. To protect yourself, (1) use a locking security mailbox, (2) never send checks or bill payments in the mailbox, and (3) always […]

  • Infographic: ID Thieves Heart College Students

    IdentityTheftTaxSeasonAs any reader of our blog will know, we often discuss the rising risks of identity theft and how you can better protect yourself and your family. So when the team over at Mailbox Big Box sent us over this infographic highlighting the trend of identity thieves targeting college students, we figured we ought to […]

  • Mail-Identity Theft: September 2015

    Stolen mail is a leading cause of identity theft across the nation. Prevention is key to identity theft protection, and the first defense is a secure locking mailbox. Here is a round-up of the mail-identity theft news stories from across the nation in September 2015. Sept. 1: ELK GROVE, California: Central Valley Business Times – Elk Grove […]

  • Mail Identity Theft: August 2015

    MailIDTheftHere is a round-up of mail and identity theft news stories from across the nation in the month of August. Remember, prevention is key, and it starts with a secure locking mailbox! Aug. 1: LYNNWOOD, Washington: – Woman held as police investigate allegedly stolen mail; “Armed with a court order, police searched the vehicle […]

  • Mail-Identity Theft – July 2015

    MailIDTheftStolen mail is a leading cause of identity theft, and it’s happening across the nation every day. Here’s the news on mail-ID theft from the US in July 2015. July 1: SANDPOINT, Alaska: KDLG Public Radio – Sand Point Post Office burglars sentenced: Two men have been sentenced in U.S. District Court to serve 21 […]

  • Mail Identity Theft – June 2015

    MailIDTheftHere is a round up of mail-identity theft related news stories from across the United States in June 2015. June 1: ORANGEBURG, South Carolina: WISTV 10 – Orangeburg deputies in search of those responsible for mailbox damage; ““The damage done to each mailbox is serious. Mail cannot be legally left in an unsecured mailbox,” Ravenell […]

  • Mail-Identity Theft – May 2015

    Here is a round up of news stories featuring mail thieves targeting mailboxes to steal sensitive information for identity theft, mailbox burglaries, mail-identity theft, mailbox vandalism and more. These activities occur in big cities and rural areas alike, from Washington to Florida and most everywhere in between… (more…)

  • Mail-Identity Theft: April 2015

    MailIDTheftHere is a round-up of mail theft news and mail-related identity theft from across the nation in April 2015. (more…)

  • Mail-Identity Theft: March 2015

    MailThievesFrom Wichita, Kansas to Wichita Falls, Texas, and from Anchorage, Alaska to Oakland Park, Florida, mail thieves are stealing sensitive information from residential mailboxes for identity theft. It’s happening across the country, and nowhere is safe. The best defense is a quality locking mailbox to prevent would-be identity thieves from gaining access to your financial […]