FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 6, 2019
MEDIA CONTACTS: Carole Trottere, Rebecca Cheng, Vicki DiStefano and Matt Leonenko | (516) 869-7794
Town Alerts Residents of Mailbox ‘Phishing’ Scheme
Mailing a tax payment or check? Go inside the Post Office or directly to Tax Receiver’s office to pay taxes
North Hempstead, NY – Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Judi Bosworth, the Town Board and Town Tax Receiver Charles Berman are alerting North Hempstead residents that the Nassau County Police have reported theft of mail at several mailboxes. Criminals are ‘phishing’ by using a sticky substance on the inside of the mailbox that ‘catches’ letters and checks that can be retrieved at a later date. The checks are then ‘washed’ and rewritten for larger amounts and cashed.
Town Officials are urging people to mail their checks from INSIDE the post office; or drop off any property tax payment checks in person to the Tax Receiver’s Office, located at 200 Plandome Road in Manhasset.
Police urge residents to report any glue, tape or sticky substances to the post office or police; hand your letters directly to your mail carrier; use mailboxes with slots not doors; use a secure mailbox at your place of business; use your bank’s bill pay to send payment directly to the recipient; use a permanent or pigmented ink that cannot be ‘washed’ and continue to monitor your account for the proper amount withdrawn.