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Scam Prompts Postal Service To Make Mailbox Changes In Yonkers

The mailbox located at Alta Vista Drive and Alpine Road in Yonkers.
The mailbox located at Alta Vista Drive and Alpine Road in Yonkers. Photo Credit: Google Maps
Yonkers police are warning residents to beware of mailbox fishing.
Yonkers police are warning residents to beware of mailbox fishing. Photo Credit: Yonkers Police Department
The mailbox located at Grandview Blvd. and Underhill St.
The mailbox located at Grandview Blvd. and Underhill St. Photo Credit: Google Maps

YONKERS, N.Y. - Following a suspicious fishing scam on city mailboxes, the Yonkers Police Department announced that the United States Postal Service will be making changes.

The Yonkers Police Department announced on Friday that the USPS is converting mailboxes in Yonkers to the slot variety following reports of glue being smeared on several city mailboxes.

In regards to the conversion process, police said that they do not currently have a timeframe when individual locations.

Earlier this week, police issued an alert following two separate incidents involving mailboxes located at the corner of Grandview Blvd. and Underhill St. and Alta Vista Drive and Alpine Road, both in the 1st precinct. Other fishing incidents were also chronicled on Facebook by local residents.

Police said that residents who may have recently used those mailboxes have been encouraged to check their bank and credit accounts for any signs of fraudulent or suspicious activities. Any suspicious behavior should be reported to their financial institution and the Yonkers Police Department by calling (914) 377-7900.

The Post Office has been made aware of the incidents and is also investigating and cleaning the mailboxes, Yonkers Police Sgt. Dean Politopoulos noted. Residents have also been asked to alert police if they see any suspicious suspects lurking near mailboxes.

Following the possible mailbox fishing incidents, the department issued a series of tips for residents that include:

  • Consider transferring money via other methods;
  • Drop mail containing checks directly at the Post Office or hand it directly to your mail carrier;
  • If you use a mailbox, deposit the mail as close to the scheduled pick-up time as possible;
  • Inspect mailboxes for signs of tampering prior to depositing your mail;
  • When writing a check, use a pen with pigmented ink that cannot be erased;
  • If you see any suspicious activity around mailboxes, call the police.

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