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“Village Hall Mail” drop box taken out of service and removed

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Ridgewood NJ, another victim of the recent mail drop box robberies in the Village , the “Village Hall Mail” drop box was taken out of service and removed. The iconic yellow drop box, formerly located at the rear entrance of Village Hall, was used by many to deposit checks for property tax payments, parking & traffic summonses, etc.

No official notice yet as to why, but most likely due to the increasing number of checks being stolen from US Postal Service drop boxes. The US Postal Service drop box located in the front of Village Hall was also taken out of service and removed.

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Ridgewood Police Report Repercussions of Village of Ridgewood Mail Drop Box Thefts

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Ridgewood NJ, Ridgewood Police report repercussions of Village of Ridgewood mail drop box thefts :

On December 30th, Det. Douglas Henky responded to the Ridgewood Post Office to investigate a report of criminal mischief and theft from a USPS mailbox. Upon arrival the mailbox was discovered to have been forced open and mail was removed from within. A Postal Supervisor was on scene and recovered the remaining pieces of mail from inside. The U.S. Postal Police were notified of the incident.

On December 31st, two additional USPS mailboxes were discovered to have been forced open on Cottage Place. Patrol units and the Ridgewood Detective Bureau responded to investigate. The mail recovered within was turned over to the Ridgewood Postal Supervisor and the Postal Inspectors were notified.

On January 2nd, an Amsterdam Avenue resident responded to Ridgewood Police headquarters to report a fraud and theft in the past. The victim reported multiple personal checks were discovered altered and fraudulently cashed by persons not intended. The mailed items were believed to have been stolen from a USPS mailbox within the Village.

An employee of an East Ridgewood Avenue business responded to Ridgewood Police headquarters on January 3rd to report a theft and fraud in the past. The business reported a mailed check was altered and cashed by a person not intended. The check was believed to have been stolen from a USPS mailbox in the Village.

On January 3rd, an Oak Street resident responded to Ridgewood Police headquarters to report a fraud and theft in the past. The victim reported a personal check was discovered altered and fraudulently cashed by persons not intended. The mailed check was believed to have been stolen from a USPS mailbox within the Village.

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Seniors Increasingly Targeted by Scammers

By: Emma Fletcher(FTC)

Ridgewood NJ, In 2018, the Consumer Sentinel Network has seen a striking increase in the median dollar amount that people 70 and over are saying they lost to fraud. Digging into the data, we found some common stories with an unusual twist: people 70 and older report mailing huge amounts of cash to people who pretended to be their grandchildren.

People 70 and over rarely report to the FTC that they paid a scammer with cash. But for one particular type of fraud – family and friend imposters – fully 25% of people 70 and over who reported to the FTC how they paid money told us they sent cash.

We call these family and friend imposter scams, but you may know them as the “grandparent scam” and with good reason. People 70 and over report that the scammer posed as a grandchild, usually a grandson, about 70% of the time.

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U.S. Postal Service Letters From Santa Program, Santa’s Personalized Response to Your Child’s Letter

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North Pole,  Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus — and the U.S. Postal Service can help you prove it when Santa replies to your child’s letter — complete with a North Pole postmark.
Here are the steps for your child to get a letter back from Santa:

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United States Postal Service holiday package theft prevention/awareness campaign

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Midland Park NJ, from the Midland Park Police Department :

Midland Park residents………
From the United States Postal Service….The U.S. Postal Inspection Service would like to notify local, state, and federal law enforcement personnel that due to the increased amount of holiday deliveries USPS employees will be working extended holiday hours including delivering mail through the evening hours and they may be utilizing non-USPS vehicles.

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“Porch Pirates ” hit home on North Van Dien in Ridgewood

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Ridgewood NJ, the Ridgewood Police report that on October 25th, a North Van Dien Avenue resident responded to Ridgewood Police headquarters to report the theft of delivered packages. The victim reported three delivered packages were stolen between August 2018 and October 2018 after being delivered to her residence by USPS. The packages were valued at approximately $170. Its that time of the year again people need to be careful.

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Glen Rock Postal Clerk Charged With Stealing Holiday Gift Cards

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January 4,2017

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Glen Rock NJ, On January 2, 2018, members of the Glen Rock PD Detective Bureau and a Special Agent from the Office of Inspector General US Postal Service arrested a mailroom clerk from the Ridgewood, NJ Post Office who had been working at the Glen Rock Post Office for stealing gift cards from holiday greeting cards. The incident occurred in October but additional incidents may have occurred throughout the holiday season.

This is an ongoing investigation and members of the public, particularly in the Glen Rock and Ridgewood area, who suspect they may have been the victim of mail theft are encouraged to contact the United States Postal Service Office of the Inspector General at 1-888-877-7644.

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Paramus Police Remind Residents to be mindful of suspicious activities in your neighborhood

Paramus Police is requesting the public’s assistance in locating a missing person Dennis Meeman

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December 21,2017

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Paramus NJ, Paramus Police are also reminding residents ,during these last few days before The holidays please be mindful of suspicious activities in your neighborhood. Make arrangements with a neighbor or a friend to bring in packages that you are expecting to be dropped off at your house. As always, if you see a suspicious or unfamiliar person in your neighborhood please call the Paramus Police Department.

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DUMONT MAILMAN CHARGED WITH THEFT BY DECEPTION AND FORGERY

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December 13,2017
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Dumont NJ, Bergen County Prosecutor Gurbir S. Grewal announced the arrest of HECTOR O. TEJADA (DOB: 01/05/1967; married; a US Postal Service employee) of 518 New York Avenue, Union City, New Jersey on Theft by Deception and Forgery charges. The arrest is result of an investigation conducted by members of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office (“BCPO”) Financial Crimes Unit under the direction of Chief Robert Anzilotti, the Allendale Police Department under the direction of Chief George Scherb and the United States Postal Service Office of the Inspector General (“OIG”).

In September 2017, a resident of Allendale responded to the Allendale Police Department to complain that a New Jersey State issued check that was to be delivered to the resident’s home had been stolen. During the course of a cooperative investigation conducted by members of the BCPO Financial Crimes Unit and the Allendale Police Department with the assistance of agents of the United States Postal Service Office of the Inspector General, it was determined that Hector O. TEJADA, a United States Postal Service mail carrier stationed out of the U.S. Post Office in Dumont, New Jersey, had stolen the check and had negotiated it through his personal bank account. An investigation of Mr. TEJADA’s activities revealed that between March 2017 and October 2017, he had stolen, from his mail route, approximately nine checks worth in excess of $8,000.00. After stealing the checks, Mr. TEJADA forged the names of the victims (check receivers) on the back of each check and deposited them into his personal checking account through the use of automated teller machines and cellular telephone, electronic deposits.

On December 11, 2017, Mr. TEJADA was arrested in Dumont, New Jersey by members of the BCPO Financial Crimes Unit, the Allendale and Dumont Police Departments, and U.S. Postal OIG agents.

Hector O. TEJADA was charged with one count of violating N.J.S.A. 2C:20-4A, Theft by Deception, a 3rd degree crime and one count of violating N.J.S.A. 2C:21-1A(2), Forgery, a 3rd degree crime. Mr. TEJADA was issued a summons and released pending his first appearance in Bergen County Central Judicial Processing Court at 9:00 a.m. on December 27, 2017.

This is an ongoing investigation and members of the public, particularly in the Dumont area, who suspect they may have been the victim of mail theft are encouraged to contact the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office at 1-201-226-5532 or the United States Postal Service Office of the Inspector General at 1-888-877-7644.

Prosecutor Grewal states that these charges are merely accusations and that the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt and would like to thank the Allendale and Dumont Police Departments and the United States Postal Service Office of the Inspector General for their assistance in this investigation.

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Why the Post Office Gives Amazon Special Delivery

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A Citigroup analysis finds each box gets a $1.46 subsidy. It’s like a gift card from Uncle Sam.

By
Josh Sandbulte
July 13, 2017 7:12 p.m. ET

In my neighborhood, I frequently walk past “shop local” signs in the windows of struggling stores. Yet I don’t feel guilty ordering most of my family’s household goods on Amazon. In a world of fair competition, there will be winners and losers.

But when a mail truck pulls up filled to the top with Amazon boxes for my neighbors and me, I do feel some guilt. Like many close observers of the shipping business, I know a secret about the federal government’s relationship with Amazon: The U.S. Postal Service delivers the company’s boxes well below its own costs. Like an accelerant added to a fire, this subsidy is speeding up the collapse of traditional retailers in the U.S. and providing an unfair advantage for Amazon.

This arrangement is an underappreciated accident of history. The post office has long had a legal monopoly to deliver first-class mail, or nonurgent letters. The exclusivity comes with a universal-service obligation—to provide for all Americans at uniform price and quality. This communication service helps knit this vast country together, and it’s the why the Postal Service exists.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/why-the-post-office-gives-amazon-special-delivery-1499987531