Last year, the United States Postal Service (USPS) rolled out a service called Informed Delivery.
Here’s how it works, Informed Delivery allows you to preview your mail digitally online through black and white images of your actual letter-sized mail. These images are processed by USPS sorting facilities will be provided each morning.
To be clear, the images are scans of the exterior, address label side of your mail and not the actual contents. Notifications and the images will then be sent only on the days the mail is being processed and delivered to your home.
But now, even this convenience is being exploited by criminals to steal your hard-earned cash. Read on and learn more about this alarming scheme.
Informed Delivery Scam
Security website KrebsOnSecurity reported that a new internal alert was recently issued by the U.S. Secret Service to its law enforcement partners warning about a new criminal scheme that’s making the rounds.
It turns out crooks are now abusing Informed Delivery to commit identity theft and credit card fraud.
By signing up as their victims on the USPS’s website for Informed Delivery, the crooks can then identify their mail and steal the credit cards from their mailboxes.
Not only that, but the Secret Service memo also stated that criminals are using Informed Delivery to pinpoint potential identity theft victims.