If you receive or discover a suspicious package or foreign device, do not touch it, tamper with it, or move it. Call 911 immediately and report it.
Detecting Suspicious Packages or Letters
Suspicious packages are not limited to those delivered by a commercial or U.S. postal carrier. The following characteristics have been designated by the U.S. Post Office and the Department of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms as indicators of suspicious packages:
- Lumps, bulges, or protrusions on package
- A lopsided or heavy-sided package or excessive masking tape
- Handwritten addresses or labels from companies (check to see if the company exists and if they sent a package or letter)
- Packages wrapped in string
- Excess postage on smallpackages or letters
- No postage or un-canceled postage
- Handwritten notes, such as, "To Be Opened in the Privacy of," "Confidential," "Your Lucky Day Is Here," "Prize Enclosed"
- Restrictive markings such as "confidential" or "personal"
- Improper spelling of common names, places, or titles
- Generic or incorrect titles. Titles with no name attached
- Leaks, stains, or protruding wires, string, tape, etc.
- Hand delivered or "dropped off for a friend" packages or letters
- No return address or nonsensical return address
- Foreign mail, air mail, and special-delivery packages
- Any letter or packages arriving before or after a phone call from an unknown person asking if the item was received