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: April 2015
April 1: CLE ELUM, Washington: Daily Record - Alleged mail thief caught in Cle Elum; “A man wanted as part of an alleged mail theft ring — where three people face dozens of counts of identity theft, fraud and other charges — was booked into the Kittitas County jail Tuesday.” OAKLAND, California: Pleasanton Weekly - Woman arrested, two men under […]
Mail-Identity Theft: March 2015
From 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 […]
Mail-Identity Theft: February 2015
Here is a round-up of mail theft news and mail-related identity theft from across the nation in February 2015. Feb. 2: LIVINGSTON, California: Merced Sun-Star - Livingston man accused of mail theft; “Officers conducted a search of the suspect’s room and discovered nearly 65 pieces of mail belonging to people and addresses. Officers contacted several […]
Mail-Identity Theft: January 2015
Jan. 1: PLEASANTON, California: KTVU - Three arrested after stolen car spotted in Pleasanton; “Officers who searched the stolen vehicle found numerous items, including personal identifying information and stolen mail belonging to dozens of victims throughout the Bay Area.” Jan. 2: GOLD BAR, Washington: KOMO 4 - Thieves hit Gold Bar post office, steal mail […]
Holiday Mail-Identity Thefts – December 2014
December is by far the worst month for mail theft, and the reason is obvious. Opportunistic thieves know that people are sending goodies and gifts in the mail. They target unlocked mailboxes, locking mailboxes and porches alike to grab what they can get, and steal Christmas. As you can see by the prevalence of mail […]
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: (more…)
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 […]