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CPD: Senior's USPS address changed in likely Xmas scam

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The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is investigating an apparent attempt to fraudulently intercept an elderly Chesterton resident’s mail, Chesterton Police said.

According to 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 happened.”

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 the Internet.”

“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.





Posted 11/18/2016




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