Today’s episode dealt with stolen antiquities being sent through the mail from a foreign country. The theft and trafficking of cultural items is a practice that is as old as history itself. Although most of you won’t be dealing with illegal activities like this, Postal Inspectors and their law enforcement partners investigate these crimes with the goal of recovering cultural heritage properties and returning them to their countries of origin.
On the domestic side, we also focus on theft. Theft of Mail. The U.S. Mail remains one of the most secure means of transmitting personal information and merchandise. With the billions of pieces of mail the Postal Service processes and delivers today, the amount that is stolen is miniscule. We work hard to keep it that way because we realize that that even one piece which is stolen or missing can have a negative impact on you. Postal Inspectors safeguard all of it - including the people who move it and the customers who use it - and it's all included in the price of a stamp.
If you see someone suspicious near a mailbox or see them steal mail, call police immediately, then report it to Postal Inspectors at 877-876-2455.
If you believe you’ve been scammed, report it at postalinspectors.uspis.gov or call us at 877-876-2455.