Police warn residents of possible mail scam

By on May 8, 2009

Several residents recently notified the Sugar Grove police of a possible scam using the United States mail.

The residents told officers they received through the mail what appeared to be an official notice regarding a package they were to claim. Both notices, from the same company, were made to look like they were from the United Postal Service or United States Postal Service.

“They believed it was suspicious,” Sugar Grove police investigator John Sizer said. “I agreed with them.”

The notices stated that the package awaiting them had a value of $50. Enclosed instructions directed them to call an 800 number and use their credit card number to pay a processing and delivery fee of $6.95.

Upon closer inspection, it was apparent that the notices were not from an official source, Sizer said. There was even a disclaimer in small print on the U.S. Postal Service document stating that it was not a government document.

Sizer said that residents should never give out any personal information or credit card numbers to anyone making an unsolicited request for the information.

“You don’t know who you’re dealing with,” he said. “If it looks too good to be true, it probably is.”