Watch out for thieves forwarding mail behind your back


THE PERSON BUT A MASSIVE POLICE PRESENCE AS THEY INVESTIGATE THIS. STAY WITH CHANNEL 9 FOR UPDATES. ACTION 9 IS INVESTIGATING THE TACTICS SOME CRIMINALS ARE USING FORWARDING YOUR MAIL TO THEMSELVES. THEY ARE DOING IT TO STEAL YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION, YOUR CHECKS, EVEN PRESCRIPTIONS AND IT’S A LOT EASIER THAN YOU MIGHT THINK. ACTION 9 INVESTOR JASON STOOGENKE IS LIVE IN PLAZA MIDWOOD. YOU SAY THIEVES DON’T NEED A LOT OF INFORMATION TO DO THIS? Reporter: YEAH, IT’S SURPRISING. I WILL TELL YOU. IF THIEVES WANT TO FORWARD YOUR MAIL ONLINE, THEY NEED YOUR ADDRESS, NAME AND CREDIT CARD NUMBER. WITH THE DATA BREACHES THERE IS A CHANCE THEY HAVE THE INFORMATION ALREADY. LAUREN PEEKS SAYS HER LETTER CARRIER KNEW SOMETHING WAS WRONG. SHE CAME UP AND KNOCKED ON THE DOOR AND SAID HEY, YOU GUYS AREN’T MOVING, ARE YOU? NO. SHE SAID DO YOU KNOW THAT YOUR MAIL IS BEING FORWARDED TO TEXAS THE 3569 COUPLE OF DAYS. I DIDN’T KNOW. I HAVE NEVER HEARD OF THIS TYPE. Reporter: THIEVES CAN FORWARD YOUR MAIL AND OPEN IT LOOKING FOR BANK ACCOUNT NUMBERS, SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS, CHECKS, GIFT CARDS, MEDICINES. THE LIST GOES ON. WE CAUGHT IT SOON ENOUGH THAT I DON’T THINK ANYTHING IMPORTANT MADE IT THROUGH. Reporter: SHE REPORTED IT TO THE POST MASTER AND FELLED THE DUTY TO REPORT IT TO OTHERS. HER HUSBAND IS A POLICE OFFICER. YOU HAVE TO BE AWARE OF IT. I WENT TO FACEBOOK FIRST. I WENT NEXT DOOR. Reporter: THE POSTAL SERVICE TOLD ME WHEN SOMEONE FORWARDS YOUR MAIL THEY SEND A LETTER TO YOUR OLD ADDRESS MAKING SURE YOU MEANT TO FORWARD IT. SHE GOT THE LETTER BUT BY THAT POINT THE MAIL WAS GOING TO TEXAS FOR A FEW DAYS. IT STARTED ON SATURDAY. I RECEIVED THE POSTCARD ON A TUESDAY OR WEDNESDAY. THAT’S HOW MANY DAYS THEY COULD HAVE BEEN GETTING MY MAIL BEFORE I KNEW ABOUT IT. JASON, YOU TOLD ME THAT YOU CAN’T PUT ANY TYPE OF BLOCK OR FREEZE ON FORWARDING YOUR MAIL. WHAT CAN WE DO? Reporter: YOU CAN DO WHAT LAUREN DID, THE LADY IN THE STORY. SHE HAD WHAT IS CALLED INFORMED DELIVERY. YOU SIGN UP AND THE POSTAL SERVICE WILL E-MAIL YOU PICTURES OF THE MAIL YOU SHOULD EXPECT EVERYDAY. IT’S NOT PERFECT BUT SHE WAS ABLE TO USE THAT TO CATCH IT EARLY AND SEE THAT NO MAIL THAT WAS SUPER IMPORTANT GOT IN THE WRONG HANDS. GOOD ADVICE. I KNOW YOU ARE DOING MORE ON THIS AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL. Reporter: YEAH, I FILED A FORMAL FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT REQUEST WITH THE POSTAL SERVICE TO SEE HOW OFTEN THIS CRIME HAPPENS. I WANTED NUMBERS. I E-MAILED FEDERAL LAWMAKERS THAT OVERSEE THE POSTAL SERVICE

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