Bogus Change Of Address

Bill Smith spent more than a week in the hospital but when he got home there were no get well cards in the mail.

In fact he didn’t have any mail because scam artists filed a change of address form on Smith’s Fremont address. His mail was diverted to Canada.

That caused a call from Medicare. Smith says, “They indicated they might have to turn off our Medicare insurance because they don’t take care of people who live in Canada.

Post inspector Dave margritz says, “The key thing to look out for is that most people get some mail every day. If you don’t then start asking questions.”

The Postal Service also sends a notification to the old address. Smith says he didn’t get one and because he was in the hospital most of the time he and his wife didn’t realize they weren’t getting mail.

Scam artists in Canada may try to use his credit card bills and other personal information sent in the mail for identity theft.


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