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Mail Fraud (postal)

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Parent Category: Postage and Shipping
Mail Fraud consists primarily of scams that are designed to steal money from trusting individuals. They include phony contest winnings, overseas inheritance schemes, and hard luck stories. They may include fake checks that, once deposited, can mean financial loss for the person who cashes them.
Mail fraud is the use of the mail system to obtain money, goods and services through deceit and trickery. Using your mother's home address for the receipt of mail is not mail fraud. However, there are instances were it could be a problem. The biggest example is using the address for obtaining car …
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Given that we might be in different countries, I doubt using a separate address by permission, per se, is unlawful. The reason for doing so might be! There is a similar question elsewhere in this section, to cover using a relative's address while moving home. I do not know if the US Postal Service …
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Mail fraud is a federal crime investigated by the FBI and the Postal Inspection Service- the post office's police agency. Start by contacting these agencies.
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It is not mail fraude, it is a stupid thing to do. A very disturbed person would do such a thing.Unless her or she does not order any products and has them delivered to your house, there really is nothing wrong. It is a nuisance yes I admit, but I never had it happen to me yet. Some people like to p…
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I would certainly regard this as an attempt to commit an offence of some sort. It may be a fraud against the recipient; it may be something else, but it's certainly wrong.
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Perhaps not "mail fraud" as such but certainly fraudulent.
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If a site wrote in English that is so poor as to make a Nigerian 419er look like an English Professor means anything, they are a scam. The broken and poorly used English was hilarious, given the obvious time and effort they had spent on it! That it claims to be a publishing house makes it funnier!…
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Any large check you received wanting you to send your own money through Western Union is definitely a scam. They may say you have won a prize, or offer to employ you in any number of nonexistent jobs. It takes several days for a check to reach the paying bank, and when it is refused (phony or stole…
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Did you enter a contest or something? The Amphenol Corporation manufactures electrical, electronic and fiber optic connectors, coaxial and flat -ribbon cable, and interconnect systems for the all kinds of consumer electronics and the military. If a company sends you a check, and asks you to remit…
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Checks that purport to be "sweepstakes winnings" or "expense payments" from someone you do not know are virtually always scams, a type of mail fraud. The sender will ask you to pay back part, or provide your banking information. They are out to steal your money. If something sounds too good to be tr…
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I do not know US law but as a matter of general principle using any fake addresses in this way would probably be illegal in any country. The first reaction of any organisation discovering you've used a false address for financial purposes would be to suspect fraud, and demand an explanation!
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Scam mail (postal) is a solicitation that promises you some reward but you have to put up money first, or give out your financial information. The scammers will leave you on the hook using fake checks, phony money orders, or other get-rich-quick schemes. Most of them are highly illegal but done from…
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If anyone sends you a check and asks you to send a check of your own, or a wire payment, for part of it, suspect mail fraud. Never trust a check to be real. If you deposit the check in your account and send them part of the money back, you will lose your money -- the check will be returned, refuse…
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Whether the genuine company is aware or not, DO NOT use ANY supposed "Contact..." message. That is part of the scam. By all means tell Wakefern, but via its genuine address, and preferably by letter.
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I don't think so. It's myspace. If they didn't want people looking at their wall, then why have one? No, it's not fraud... but anyone considering doing so should ask him or herself some very searching questions of motive. The MySpace user may or may not have posted something he/she would not want …
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If it is, they are not associated with this Mail Fraud scam. If you deposit that check, and send them any money, you will regret it when that check is returned to your bank a few days later. It is either phony or stolen, and is being used to bilk you out of $900. Your moneygram can be collected anyw…
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Wheter or not fraud (a type of theft), it's certainly wrong and should be reported.
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I would say they are just a scam, they take £9 in money from you to see what prize you have won and give you a claim number to claim you prize, and when you claim you don't hear back from them. so beware of them and the letters they send. they should be investigated. And if the fraudsters do have…
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Hard to know and it probably varies from country to country, but the main types of crime on the internet are all financial (fraud, money-laundering etc).
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"You" can't. All you can and indeed should, do is report the details to the relevant authorities.
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yes dear, it is, i got the same check, but i evidently won 8000....dont cash it, call The actual Prestige company, not the one on the check, but get a number online for the actual product company, and sent them all the information u have so they can catch the people who sent the spam mail to u.
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Report the incident to the Postal Inspectors. Talk to someone at your local Post Office to learn how to reach the Postal Inspection Service. In the UK it would be the Police and/or a dedicated, national, fraud-reporting system. (I can't recall its name, but have used it.)
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Currently , the law generally does not provide for expungement relief when convicted of a FEDERAL crime. There are very limited exceptions depending on which circuit court law applies. Also, a Presidential pardon could be sought but having one granted is unlikely. No federal statute authorizes the e…
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if it's a genuine, reputable company it's more likely a genuine error. If you find the company suddenly seems non-existent, I'd immediately think "fraud".
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I think mail fraud is a felony everywhere, but I know for a fact that it is a felony in New York.
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Contact the US Postal Inspection Service office by dialing 1-877-876-2455 ext. 4 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in all time zones.
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It means that they are going to send you a fake or stolen check, which you will deposit in your account and send them a wire service payment. Only after you have sent them money will you discover the check has been returned, and you not only lost the money you sent them but you could face criminal c…
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THe US Postal Service has primary jurisdiction but occasionally the BATF or FBI will enter the investigation depending on the nature of the offense.
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Not if it's a genuine mistake by a reputable company. You need to take it up first with the supplier - a firm wishing to uphold a good reputation will not want to have made mistakes like this.
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It depends on whether they were charged with a felony offense, or not. ANY felony crime will deny a convicted person ever possessing a firearm under federal law.
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Yes. It is a federal crime in the US.
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Yes, if it involves a pattern defined as two or more instances.
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Fraud is a type of theft. The mail's contents might be some instruction to carry out an action that helps the sender defraud you (unsolicited pseudo-prizes, the Nigerian Scam, that sort of thing). Otherwise it's probably an error in the sender's database: I've received a lot of such post over the ye…
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The Postal Inspection Service of the United States Postal Service.
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Probably for the same reason anyone commits fraud or any other type of theft - greed. However, quite a number of money crimes are committed in desperation when under some sort of financial pressure the offender is trying to conceal, such as a gambling debt or problems re-paying a hire-purchase or ot…
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It is, but bear in mind that scams can originate anywhere. Dishonest people exist in all countries. The type of fraud I think the questioner means appears to have started in Nigeria and been particularly prolific there, but similar tricks have been known elsewhere. I have had one such letter from …
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Spam is an ad to sell you something that you did not ask about. A scam is trying to steal from you.
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Firstly - did you enter the lottery? Secondly, is it a genuine lottery? If 'NO' to either or both, then it's a scam!
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If you receive a check from anyone that you do not personally know to be real, it is more than likely a mail fraud scam. If you deposit the check in your account and send them part of the money back, you will lose your money -- the check will be returned, refused, when it reaches the paying bank or …
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Yes, it is a mail fraud. By now the box has likely been closed.
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No. It can be considered a form of harassment or identity theft, but unless there is evidence of who the person is, it is difficult to charge them. Publishers do not routinely verify addresses before sending magazines, but they must send you an invoice beforehand, or with the first issue.
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AILA is a legal agency, but there are many complaints about their promotion tactics, leading some people to lose considerable sums of money. The legality of selling tickets internationally varies from country to country and it is advisable to deal only with the lotteries themselves, not middlemen. …
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Yes, it is a scam soliciting payments, supposedly because you have won money, contests, or grants. Send no money.
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IS N.O.P. a scam? Yes it is a scam. I have 20 letters letter from them promising the same thing in various amounts ranging from 2.2 mill to 15k. If they don't have a contact phone number or a website, or any way to prove that they are legit, don't trust it. Put it in File 13: in other words, throw …
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Fictitious person. "You have won" is a contest scam. Send no money there.
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The post office is not open on Sundays so unless they are doing a special delivery for Fathers Day I would reason that they are not shipping.
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