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Public Safety Mail Tips

The FBI and U.S. Postal Service authorities have issued tips for handling and reporting suspicious mail.

Characteristics of a suspicious package include:

  • No return address
  • Possibly mailed from a foreign country
  • Excessive postage
  • Restrictive markings like "Personal" or "Special Delivery"
  • Misspellings in the address
  • Addressed to a title rather than an individual
  • Badly typed or written
  • Uneven in shape
  • Rigid or bulky packaging
  • Strange odor
  • Oily stains, discoloration or crystallization on the packaging
  • Excessive tape or string
  • Arrives unexpected or from someone unfamiliar to you
  • Protruding wires
  • The city or state in the postmark does not match the return address

If you receive a suspicious package or envelope, here's what you should do:

  • Do not open, smell or taste it
  • Handle with care
  • Don't shake or bump the item
  • Isolate the package
  • Wash your hands vigorously for five minutes with soap and water
  • Call 911
  • Call NSU Public Safety at (954) 262-8999
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