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U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) Partners in Preventing Elder Fraud Via U.S. Mail

U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) Partners in Preventing Elder Fraud Via U.S. Mail

There are a variety of scams/schemes targeting older adults such as romance schemes, foreign lottery/sweepstakes, invesment & IRS frauds.

These scams  often result in elderly citizens using USPS Priority Mail or, more often, Priority Mail Express to send cash, gift cards, or Postal Money Orders to the scammers.

Common signs of victimization are suspicious offers or solicitations arriving at the home. Often, they are in brighly-colored envelopes. Victims are sometimes mailed pre-paid phone cards so scammers can remain in contact.

Postal Inspectors develop investigations based upon use of the U.S. Mail, as well as the number, pattern & substance of complaints. Reporting info to USPIS is vital to identify potential fraud networks.

As a Federal Partner, USPIS can coordinate with inspectors in other states to provide an end-to-end response to both protect the victim & prosecute the offender.

USPIS Law Enforcement Hotline: 888-876-5322

A flier from the US Postal Inspection Service warning of elder fraud.  The contents are also provided in text above.

Posted: Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Office
1500 Lamont
Kalamazoo, MI 49048

Emergency: 9-1-1
Administration: 269-383-8821
Non-Emergency Dispatch:  269-488-8911

Sheriff: Richard C Fuller
Undersheriff: James Vandyken