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Change Of Address Forms Could Lead To Mail Theft

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by Shannon Royster

NASHVILLE, Tenn – Change of address forms issued by the United States Postal Service could make it easier for a thief to steal someone's identity, according to critics.

The U.S. Postal Service has made it easy for residents to receive mail after they move to a new address, but some have said the change of address forms could make it really simple for a thief to steal your identity.

Martha Christopher said the new scares her.

"I've never really thought about it like that," she said. "I guess anybody could put anybody's name on the forward to part."

Either you fill out the change of address form online or pick up a hard copy at the post office. Chris Marion said the process is too easy.

"You should have to present some kind of ID or something legitimate to do that," he said.

You do not have to show any identification, but Holly Patterson with the United States Postal Service said there are security measures in place.

"We send out two letters one to the old address and one to the new address," she said. "It states did you put this request in and verifies the information."

If not, Patterson said there is a number to call to let inspection services know if anything is incorrect. If the change was made online, the fee is only $1.

"That fee enables us to go in and see whose credit card was used," said Patterson.

However crooks have managed to somehow get around these security measures. The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance said it hears these types of mail fraud complaints all the time.

If you have received a letter from the U.S. Postal Service, it's important to read it and not assume it's junk mail. It's could be a letter letting you know someone has tried to steal your mail.

Anyone submitting a false change of address form could serve up to five years in prison and pay a fine of up to $250,000.


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