You drop your mail in the blue post office boxes and drive off thinking your bill payments are secure. Thieves are using these boxes to fish for money. They drop a sticky trap in the box and pull up 10-20 letters that include everything from cash and checks to social security information. Then they "wash" the checks, erasing the original information and re-write the checks out so that they can cash them.
CNBC reports "Rosefina Gomez Pando, 83, dropped a check for $112 into a blue mailbox on a corner on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Then she proceeded to her doctor's appointment. Her check would never make it to the mailman." When her mail was stolen, they wrote a new check for $3,500.
Police advise if you are going to use the blue mailboxes, check to make sure you are depositing your mail BEFORE the final pick up for the day. Many of these "fishing" attacks are happening over night. Even better, take your mail into the Post Office and hand it to an employee. That way you know it has at least made it to the U.S.P.S. If you suspect you have been a victim of mail fraud, you are asked to contact authorities to file a report. This crime is happening is growing numbers in many states.
I think I'll stick to paying most of my bills on line. MJ