Thursday, 05 April 2018 09:25

Alberta RCMP Remind Residents To Check Their Mailboxes

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ALBERTA RCMP REMIND RESIDENTS TO CHECK THEIR MAILBOXES

RCMP would like to report that several calls have been received in relation to rural mailboxes which have been the target of thefts.  While there is no one community that these thefts are associated with - citizens across the province are being reminded to check on their mailboxes daily.

Criminals are targeting:

  • Pre-paid credit cards
  • Gift cards
  • Cheques
  • Documents that make it easy to access banking and other personal information

This time of year, thieves are especially targeting pre-paid credit cards used by tax companies to deliver tax refunds to their clients or refunds directly distributed.

RCMP urge citizens in the province to take steps every day to protect themselves from mailbox theft, and ultimately identity theft:

  • Check your mailbox daily and remove all mail
  • Parcels:  consider having that parcel sent either registered mail, or to a buisness address where someone can accept the delivery.
  • Consider picking up your on-line purcheases at the stores you ordered from.

If your mailbox has been broken into, or tampered with, call your local RCMP Detachment and report the situation to Canada Post.  If you believe that mail has been stolen from your mailbox:

  • Contact the business or agency who you were expecting mail from including utility companies, banking organizations and credit card companies.  This type of mail contains information that may lead to identify theft.

If you observe suspicious activity in progress at a mailbox, call your local RCMP Detachment.  If you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or report it online at www.tipsubmit.com.  If your information leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward up to $2,000.

 

 

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