July 28, 2023

Forrest County Sheriff’s Dept. Warns Of Checks Being Stolen At Mailboxes

Morgan Howard

The Forrest County Sheriff’s Office is getting more reports of checks being stolen out of mailboxes.
The ‘porch pirates’ are now perusing neighborhoods, scoping out mailboxes, for anything they can steal and profit from.
Many citizens have tried to combat this by not putting the mailbox flag up, but these criminals are driving around and checking all the boxes regardless.
The Sheriff’s office urges citizens to report any suspicious vehicles cruising their streets and checking mailboxes.
Be cautious when mailing checks and rather than get paper checks, switch to direct deposit.
Better yet, take your mail to a local USPS drop box.
If you have checks stolen, or any mail, especially new debit and credit cards, report it immediately to the post office and the FCSO.
Mail theft of ANY kind is a federal offense and if convicted, can include jail time and a fine of up to $250,000.

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