The U.S. Postal
Inspection Service is investigating an apparent attempt to fraudulently
intercept an elderly Chesterton resident’s mail, Chesterton Police said.
police, on Monday the 79-year-old woman, a resident of South 11th Street,
reported that she was surprised to find in her mailbox a green card from the
USPS notifying carriers that the woman’s address had been temporarily
changed--between Nov. 3 to Dec. 28--to an address in Tampa, Fla.
The woman stated
“she’s lived at the same address in Chesterton for 32 years,” police said.
“She is not planning on moving any time soon. She was shocked this
The USPS has
referred the matter to its Inspection Service. In the meantime, the
Chesterton Post Office advised the woman to file a report with the CPD.
The CPD’s take on
what has been officially classified as a “suspicious incident”: “The end
date (of the change of address) is curiously close enough to Christmas Day
that it cannot be ruled out that someone wanted to intercept any presents
(the woman) would order on line. If indeed that is anyone’s plan, they will
be sorely disappointed because (the woman) does not conduct any business on
“She does not know
anyone in Florida,” police added. “She has no idea why anyone would do this.
She hopes to hear back from a postal inspector soon.”
There was nothing
on the green card to indicate at what post office branch it was completed,
police added. The woman has not to date suffered any financial loss.