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How to Handle Mail

Learn how to identify a suspicious package, take precautions for opening mail, and safeguard your computer from tainted email.

How to identify a suspicious package


The United States Postal Service is doing everything they can to assure the safety of the public. They are moving quickly and decisively to put preventive measures in place for the protection of all citizens.


Examples of suspicious mail.

  • Excessive postage, no postage, or non-canceled postage
  • Postmark showing different location than return address
  • No return address or fictitious return address
  • Excessive use of tape, strings, etc. 
  • Packages marked as “Fragile – Handle with Care",                                “Rush-Do Not Delay,” “Personal” or “Confidential”
  • Suspicious or threatening messages on packages