Credit fraud

Postman saves Dauphin County couple from potential credit fraud


LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP, Pa. (WHTM) – A couple in Dauphin County claim their mailman put an end to a potential scam by alerting them to a change in their postal service.

“Thank goodness our postman was on top of that,” Sandra Zarker said. She and her husband Ken live in the Township of Lower Paxton. She says it all started when their mailman asked if Ken was moving. “He said no, I’m not moving. And he said that someone had made a transfer request to have our mail transferred to a PO Box in New York.

The transfer request was for Ken’s mail only. He logged in and immediately canceled the change of address request. “The following Monday when we got our mail we had credit cards in our mail so this person apparently applied for credit and I guess when it was accepted they came in and changed the ‘address hoping the mail would go to them and they would. have credit cards to use, ”Sandra said.

The crook tried again. “About two weeks later it happened again and he came back and canceled it again, so hopefully that will be the end of it. I just thought people should know this was happening, I didn’t ‘had never heard of it,’ said Sandra.

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The Zarkers alerted the police and the Postal Service so that this could be investigated. The USPS says it has protocols in place to notify a shipper when an address change has been made, but there is currently nothing preventing someone from making an address change online. We must therefore remain vigilant.