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Thief steals from mailbox in Forsyth County


April 12, 2013
CUMMING, Ga. — At 2 p.m. April 3, a woman in the 1700 block of Mountainside Drive told Forsyth County Sheriff's deputies she saw a woman driving a red car on the wrong side of the road.

The victim said she then saw the car pull up to her mailbox and take the mail she had left to be picked up.

Deputies canvassed the neighborhood to see if anyone else had their mail stolen, but no one else had outgoing mail.

The victim put two checks in the mail to pay bills, totaling $145.

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    Use precaution to prevent mail-ID theft
    April 18, 2013 | 07:11 PM

    Mail theft is one of the most common ways thieves obtain sensitive information for identity theft. Theft of outgoing mail is reported in the news more frequently because people tend to notice when their bills aren't paid or checks aren't forged. However, theft of incoming mail is highly under-reported because people don't know what comes in the mail from day to day. Thieves target bank statements, preapproved credit card offers, courtesy checks, medical bills and more to steal identity. To protect yourself, (1) use a high security locking mailbox like the MAIL BOSS to prevent theft of incoming mail, (2) never send sensitive mail (checks or bill payments) from an unsecured mailbox - instead, bring them directly to the post office or use online bill pay - it's more secure, and (3) always shred sensitive documents, most of which come in the unlocked mailbox, before discarding them to thwart dumpster divers. But remember, you can't shred what you don't get and the mailbox is the point of origin!

    Jenny at Mail Boss
    Seattle, WA
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