The Brooklyn Heights Association alerted members via email to be vigilant when using the corner mail boxes.
In recent months, there has been a raft of mail being illegally removed from street corner mailboxes in Brooklyn Heights, which has led to stolen identities and bank and credit card accounts being compromised.
“The NYPD has issued an alert to warn Brooklyn Heights residents that if you are mailing checks, money orders, or tax returns, to protect yourself from mailbox fishing and check fraud by taking these precautions:
- Drop mail containing checks inside the post office
- When writing checks, use permanent ink that cannot be erased
- Check your bank account balance frequently to ensure that the proper amount is debited, and
- Call 911 immediately if you see anyone tampering with a street mailbox.
The NYPD is working with the appropriate U.S.P.S. authorities to apprehend the responsible individuals.”
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