One week from Christmas, millions of people are rushing to send gifts to their loved ones. The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is reminding people not to fall victim to crimes of opportunity.
Inspectors are asking people not mail cash, but instead use something more secure such as a gift card or a check. People are also reminded to not allow their mail to pile up if they are out of town.
"With folks going on vacation for the holidays and things like that, be sure to put your mail on hold. And also if you have a parcel arriving use a service such as signature confirmation just to make sure that the package gets to its destination,” said postal inspector Michael Romano.
Postal inspectors investigate any crime in which mail is used for fraud.
Romano says the holidays don't necessarily show an uptick in activity, but they want customers to remain vigilant.