Sheriff Ken Mascara Warns Residents of Mail Theft in St. Lucie County
Sheriff Ken Mascara announced Wednesday that the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office has received an increase in mail theft complaints, particularly mail-related check fraud, throughout St. Lucie County over the past several weeks, which has left victims vulnerable to identity theft, bank or credit card fraud, loss of property and more.
“Mail theft is a violation of federal law and anyone caught committing this crime will be arrested and prosecuted to the full extent of the law,” said Sheriff Mascara. “In the event that you become a victim, contact your local authorities or call 9-1-1.”
According to Sheriff Mascara, there are several proactive steps you can take to protect yourself:
- Check your mailbox daily.
- Choose paperless billing.
- Never send cash through the mail. Use a money-wiring service or banking app instead.
- Use a secure mail center for sensitive outgoing mail.
- Put a hold on all mail and newspaper deliveries when traveling out of town.
- Sign up for Informed Delivery at www.usps.com.
- Regularly review your bank and credit card statements for unauthorized charges and report discrepancies immediately.
Sheriff Mascara asks for anyone with information about this uptick in mail theft in St. Lucie County to contact the Criminal Investigation Division at (772) 462-3230.