Fighting Opportunistic Crime

As the nation struggled with containing the fast-paced coronavirus outbreak, instances of pandemic-related mail theft and mail fraud were also spreading. Indeed, over the course of a year, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) received 339,747 complaints of mail fraud and mail theft, leading the agency to open 753 mail fraud cases — an increase of 170 cases (29 percent) over the prior 12 months — and 1,090 mail theft cases — a decrease of 49 cases (4 percent) over the prior 12 months. Of these, 277 cases were specifically related to the pandemic.

 

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