AARP, U.S. Postal Inspection Service Team Up for ‘Operation Protect Veterans’

New Research Finds Military Veterans Victimized by Scams Twice as Often as Nonveterans 11/8/17 WASHINGTON, DC — The AARP Fraud Watch Network and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service today jointly announced the launch of Operation Protect Veterans — a national campaign to warn those who have served in the military about scams and fraud schemes that target veterans. […]

Georgia Postal Employee Indicted For His Role in a Stolen Identity Refund Fraud Scheme

A federal grand jury sitting in Macon, Georgia returned an indictment against a resident of Columbus, Georgia on Nov. 9, which was unsealed today, for his role in a stolen identity refund fraud conspiracy, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Caroline D. Ciraolo, head of the Justice Department’s Tax Division, and U.S. Attorney G.F. Peterman […]

Texas Letter Carrier Convicted in Massive Stolen ID Tax Refund Fraud Scheme

Postal Worker Convicted in Massive Stolen Identity Tax Refund Fraud Scheme HOUSTON, TEXAS – The final person has been convicted in an eight-defendant conspiracy in which fraudulent tax returns were filed using identification information that was stolen and used without lawful authority, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson. Edward Dwayne Vallier, 42, of Houston, entered his […]

Minnesota AG sues over deceptive magazine and newspaper “Renewal Notices”

3/31/2015 – Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson today filed a lawsuit against several Oregon-based companies that perpetrated a nationwide scheme to mislead consumers into “renewing” their newspaper and magazine subscriptions at significantly higher rates than those charged by publishers. The companies got consumers to pay money by sending “renewal” notices that falsely appeared to be […]

USPS: Customers should know the facts about COA services

USPS wants customers to know they may be paying too much for change of address (COA) services at non-postal websites. Some sites charge as much as $40 to register new addresses. Others charge nominal fees upfront before tacking on hefty charges later, according to recent news reports. Consumers often find the sites while searching for […]

Victim of money-order scam wants refund but USPS delaying payment

JOSEPH HIGHTOWER says U.S. postal investigators agree he got ripped off last year when he bought a $600 money order to pay his rent. But no one in the Postal Service can tell Hightower when he’ll be refunded the cash he paid to a postal worker at the 30th near Chestnut Street branch on Nov. […]

Postal Inspectors ring twice to return $14 million to victims of Moneygram Scam

“The postman always rings twice” is the title of a movie that has nothing to do with the mail. Today, it’s Postal Inspectors who are ringing twice, this time delivering 3,440 refund checks totaling more than $14 million to fraud victims. The restitution ranges from several hundred dollars to more than $249,000 for one victim […]

Video: Third party sites charge outrageous fees for address changes

CHICAGO (WLS) –Every year more than 40 million people move. Besides making sure your household items move to your new house, you also need to move your mail. It’s a simple process, but there are pitfalls. Some consumers find out they’ve paid $20 or more for something that could have been free. “You can do […]