The Dakota County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents to be on alert for suspicious activity related to an uptick in mail theft seen in their county.
In a Facebook post on Wednesday, the DCSO said that the thefts can lead to other fraudulent activity on people’s bank accounts and credit cards and they urged residents to drop off their outgoing mail at the post office instead of leaving it in their mailbox for pick up by a postal carrier.
The City of Eagan, which is in Dakota County, offers tips on its website for preventing mail theft. The information states that thieves are generally looking for cash, checks, gift cards, account numbers, social security numbers, banking details, pay stubs, and identifying information like your name and date of birth.
They suggest that people can take steps to prevent mail theft by installing a lockable mailbox, stopping mail delivery while on vacation and switching to paperless delivery of bank statements and other billing documents.
If you suspect you’ve been a victim of mail theft or other identity theft or fraud, contact your local law enforcement agency to make a report.
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