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US Postal Service’s new blue boxes are designed to thwart crime, not for ease of use

April 12, 2024
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An effort by the U.S. Postal Service to thwart criminals is causing an unfortunate side effect for some customers.

A new version of the “big blue postal box” is designed to combat a relatively new scam, but it’s delivering headaches to those who use them.

The scam is called mail-fishing. Criminals tie a string to something sticky, lower it into the big blue boxes, and pull out mail. They’re usually looking for checks and gift cards.

The Postal Service is now replacing its old boxes with “no fishing” versions

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