Mail Theft Continues to Affect Our Community
August 31, 2022
The wave of mail check fraud and mail theft continues to affect communities throughout Lehigh County. In a recent news release, PA state police asked for public assistance to identify a vehicle connected with multiple thefts from residential mailboxes. The latest thefts took place on the 5100 block of Arrowhead Drive in North Whitehall Township, where police report two men in a maroon sedan stole mail from a mailbox. State troopers then responded to a second theft in the 7900 block of Saegersville Road in Heidelberg Township, where men in a maroon sedan were seen stealing mail from a mailbox. Authorities have asked that anyone with information related to these thefts contact state police at Bethlehem at (610) 861-2026.
As always, New Tripoli Bank recommends customers take steps to protect their sensitive financial information from mail theft and mail check fraud:
- Set up online bill pay using our online or mobile banking tools, if you feel comfortable doing so. You can learn more about setting up automated bill pay here.
- If you want to continue mailing checks, we recommend you drop them off at your local Post Office or hand them directly to a USPS employee.
We also advise our customers write their checks out in gel or felt tip pen to help prevent the check from being altered. If you plan to use a blue mailbox to mail checks, try to deposit your checks around the time of the last mail collection of the day so the check does not sit in the mailbox for long.
If you have been a victim of a scam, whether it be check fraud or another scam, please reach out to New Tripoli Bank at 610-298-8811 and we can help you. You can also contact the U.S. Postal Inspection Service at 1-877-876-2455 or visit https://www.uspis.gov/report to file a report.
For more information on mail check fraud, you can watch our Helpful Hints video on the topic!