Postal Inspection Service is working to protect the vote

July 9, 2024 The Postal Inspection Service is the federal law enforcement agency assigned to protect the mail — including Election Mail and Ballot Mail. On its website, the agency outlines its efforts to protect the integrity of election-related mail as it moves through the postal network. These efforts include: • Designating inspectors in each USPS district…

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USPS: Here’s how to avoid falling for vishing scams

June 12, 2024 The Postal Inspection Service is warning USPS employees and the public of a new identity fraud scheme called vishing — short for voice phishing — where scammers try to hook you as soon as you answer the phone. The scammers will call from a number that may look familiar or even appear…

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USPS: Podcast shines a spotlight on Inspection Service

March 25, 2024 Carroll Harris, inspector in charge of the Postal Inspection Service’s Los Angeles Division, recently appeared on “The Protectors” podcast. He discussed the agency’s efforts to protect consumers from fraud, with a particular focus on military veterans. “The Protectors” is produced by the International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators (IAFCI). The episode featuring…

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Postal Bulletin: Beware of Investment Scams

National Consumer Protection Week is March 3–9, 2024 We’re sure you’ve heard the adage, “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” In an ever-changing financial environment, this still rings true today. In the current landscape where customers can be contacted by varying means (i.e., telephone, email, text messages, and the U.S….

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USPS OIG Report: Postal Inspection Service’s Inventory Controls Over Law Enforcement Surveillance Equipment

Background The mission of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service is to support and protect the U.S. Postal Service and its employees, infrastructure, and customers. Postal inspectors are law enforcement agents who are assigned accountable property, such as surveillance equipment, for investigative purposes. Surveillance equipment is an electronic or mechanical device used to capture communications, visual…

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USPS: Board game takes on solved Postal Inspection Service cases

August 22, 2023 USPS has licensed a new Postal Inspection Service-themed detective game. True Crime Stories by Big Potato Games, for ages 14 and up, encourages budding postal inspectors to use strategy to solve mysteries. “The latest licensed USPS product is the first collaboration with the Postal Inspection Service and spotlights the nation’s oldest federal…

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USPS: Inspection Service has Postal Police openings

July 31, 2023 Are you interested in becoming a Postal Police officer? Postal Police officers protect USPS employees, customers, facilities, property and the U.S. Mail. The Postal Inspection Service is looking to hire in select locations around the country. Positions are available in Atlanta; Baltimore; Boston; Chicago; Cleveland; Dallas; Detroit; Los Angeles; Memphis, TN; Miami;…

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Postal Bulletin highlights how Grandparent Scams have become more sophisticated

The so-called “Grandparent Scam” is not new, but with the emergence of artificial intelligence (AI), scammers are adding a new twist that makes this scheme more convincing than ever. Here’s how the scam works: A criminal gathers a few facts and personal information about a person, often from social media, then contacts that person’s grandparent….

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