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Posted on: October 21, 2021

WUPD- Mailbox "Phishing"

WUPD is receiving multiple forgery cases which have been linked to a specific crime called Mailbox Phishing. Mailbox Phishing is when a perpetrator steals mail out of the mailbox in hopes to find checks, money orders, or credit cards. Stolen checks or money orders can be fraudulently altered and cashed at a financial institution. At this time, the exterior USPS Mailbox located in the 5200 block of Wakeforest and in the 5300 block of Academy have been the target of all West U cases. As the WUPD detectives continue to follow leads, we ask residents to consider these tips to reduce the chances of becoming a victim of fraud: 

• Drop mail containing checks directly at the post office or hand it directly to your mail carrier.

• If you use a mailbox, deposit the mail as close to the scheduled pick-up time as possible.

• When writing check use, a pen with pigmented ink that cannot be erased.

• Consider transferring money via other methods.

• If you see any suspicious activity around mailboxes, call the police.




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