How to identify suspicious letters and packages

Given the recent package explosions in Austin, package safety is top of mind for many.

The U.S. Postal Services (USPS) offers tips on identifying suspicious letters or packages. 

For packages, USPS says to look for excessive tape, stains or discoloration on the wrapper, strange odors, if package is only addressed to a title and not the actual name of the recipient, and if the package is bulky, even, or rigid.

For letters, the USPS says letters with excessive postage, mailed from a foreign country, have misspelled or poorly typed words, sealed with tape and do not have a return address raise red flags.

If you get mail that raises suspicions, you should leave it alone and call 911.

 

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