Residents were urged to take precautions and not place, leave or expose outgoing mail hanging from residential mailboxes.
Here are some recommendations to prevent becoming a victim of fraud, mail and identity theft:
- Do not write account, driver's license or social security numbers on your checks
-If possible, satisfy payments online or at your creditor's website
-Place or deposit outgoing mail in a mail slot located inside a postal facility or hand it to your neighborhood postal carrier
-When ordering checks from your financial institution, request the secure type that cannot be altered
-Do not send cash in the mail
-Retrieve mail from your mailbox promptly after delivery
Anyone who is a victim of mail fraud should report the incident to the Long Beach Police Department and file a complaint with the United States Postal Inspection Service.