Suspicious Mail

Suspicious Mail Precautions

  • No return address or return address differs from postmark.
  • Foreign postmarks and writing, or misspelled words.
  • Addressed to title only or wrong title with name.
  • Marked personal, confidential, private, special delivery, or do not x-ray, etc.
  • Excessive postage.
  • Peculiar odors, (such as shoe polish or almonds).
  • Oily stains, ink stains, discoloration, or crystallization of wrapper.
  • Wires, strings, or foil sticking out.
  • Excessive tape or sealing material or inner sealed enclosure.
  • Items containing a powder-like or unusual substance.
  • Unusual or abnormal shape, size, or weight.
  • Lopsided or uneven, rigid or bulky.

Do's and Don'ts

  • Don’t open, touch, move, shake, or immerse in water any suspicious packages or letters.
  • Don’t cut tape, strings, or other wrappings.
  • Don’t taste or smell package or its contents.
  • Do report all suspicious packages and letters to the authorities.
  • Do wash your hands immediately after handling the mail.
  • If suspicious mail is believed to be a bomb evacuate the building and call 911.
  • If suspicious mail is believed to contain a chemical or biological agent isolate the area and those exposed. If exposed wash hands and exposed skin with warm soapy water. Call 911.
  • If suspicious mail is believed to contain a radiological threat evacuate the area and call 911.