Crime Glade Valley 

Identity Thefts Through U.S. Mail

Between March 24th, 2019 and April 10th, 2019, the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office has received numerous reports of identity theft in the areas of Old Receiver Road, Rocky Springs Road, and Shookstown Road in Frederick.

Victims have reported that they did not receive any U.S. mail for several days. Victims also started being notified of several credit card accounts being opened with their personal identifying information. Preliminary investigation has revealed that several victims had their U.S. mail fraudulently placed on “hold” via the United States Postal Service (USPS) website. Detectives are currently working to determine how the mail holds were placed onto citizens’ accounts and how the credit cards are being fraudulently applied for.

The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office urges all citizens to obtain a free copy of their credit report from www.AnnualCreditReport.com and inspect their credit report for any discrepancies.

Furthermore, the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office has seen an increase in reports for thefts of checks from mailboxes. Often times, criminals look for a raised flag on a mailbox as an easy way to steal mail, which could include checks, credit cards, and your personal identifying information. If you have to mail a check, consider dropping the mail off at a post office location directly.

Anyone with additional information about the incidents on Old Receiver Road, Rocky Springs Road, and Shookstown Road can contact Detective McGuire at 301-600-3934, or Corporal Britt at 301-600-3601.

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