ID Thieves Exploit Snail Mail

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A new mail tracking service provided by the United States Postal Service has a loophole that ID thieves can take advantage of.

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Informed Delivery, a free service provided by the U.S. Postal Service, offers a convenient way to track your mail—but it could also make you more vulnerable to identity theft.

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When you sign up for Informed Delivery, the USPS will e-mail you scanned images of your unopened letters, including credit card statements and utility bills, before they arrive in your mailbox. The service also lets users see the delivery status of a package, provide delivery instructions and set up


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