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USPS mailbox reports possible trapping attempts at the Albuquerque site

ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KRQE) – Look twice before dropping your next letter on a drive through mailbox. The postal service said they have received reports of “grinches” trying to steal mail.

Slyvia Stearnes warns others after seeing a mailbox in the post office outside San Antonio last Wednesday overflowing with envelopes. “I was concerned about the mail theft,” said Stearnes. “It was just bulging with a pile of envelopes.”

Stearnes believes that a sticky substance may have been used to prevent letters from getting into the box so that someone else can later pick them up in a method known as “fishing”. “I was honestly just horrified,” said Stearnes.

The United States Postal Service has confirmed it has received reports of possible trapping attempts at the San Antonio Post Office. They said attempted fishing was an ongoing problem, but the success rates were low. They say there are measures in the mailboxes that are working.

“So in recent years our mailboxes have moved to high-security boxes that contain various functions to prevent this type of behavior from being successful,” said Liz Davis, postal inspector and public information officer at USPS.

Davis said about two years ago USPS upgraded or replaced all mailboxes in Albuquerque. Without revealing details, she said the boxes have security measures inside that make fishing difficult.

USPS recommends dropping mail before pickup time to avoid mail being left in the mailbox overnight. It also suggests physically getting mail inside the building if something is sticky or slipped on a collection box.

“I’m safe for me, you know, and I don’t risk it. But I wanted the other Albuquerqueans to know that this was going on and that it was dangerous, and that they were aware and careful, ”said Stearnes.

If anyone notices a glue-like substance on a mailbox, USPS urges them to notify their local post office.

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