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Misplaced mail can lead to identity theft

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Thieves are going to some apartment complexes and finding it easy to steal identities from the mail that is left behind, police say.

It happens when somebody moves out. The new tenant receives the old tenant’s mail, and he or she either throws it away or leaves it in the middle of the mail room where someone with bad intentions can have easy access to private information.

“When that mail is left there, the postal carrier cannot simply pick it back up,” said Detective R.M. Flagg of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.

To solve the problem, the CMPD is teaming up with the U.S. Postal Service. They will start sending ink stamps to these mail rooms so that people can easily have the misplaced mail returned to its sender.  [Read more - News 14 Carolina]


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