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Published: Wednesday, January 09, 2019 @ 3:00 PM
A government agency has a new warning about something we’ve probably all been told is a no-no at some point: sending cash through the mail.
Recent troubling statistics have none other than the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) warning people to cut it out. Here’s the latest warning on sending cash in the mail.
You may be thinking that nobody puts wads of cash in envelopes, but here’s what the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) says about recent trends regarding cash scammers:
Before you write these incidents off as simply something that exclusively happens to older people, Americans of all ages are going through what can best be described as “tech fatigue,” meaning they are resorting to decidedly low-tech means to get things done.
One popular short cut is shipping money, or sending cash in the mail. Many people think they can slip a $20 or $100 bill in a folded blank piece of paper and send it through the U.S. Postal Service.
Not only do they run the risk of having someone other than the intended recipient taking the cash, but there’s no paper trail to prove what was in the envelope.
While you should definitely avoid sending money in the mail, criminals are keen on intercepting your incoming mail, as well. Money expert Clark Howard says mailbox crimes are on the rise these days. A major way to protect yourself is to get a locking mailbox.
A locking mailbox, Clark says in a recent podcast, “works great. I don’t have to worry about someone pilfering through my mail, which was a problem before I had a locking mailbox. They’re easy to install and there’s almost nothing to them except the ability to secure the mail that you’re receiving.”