New ‘fishing’ crime hitting Massachusetts postal service boxes

BROOKLINE, Mass. – Postal service police are investigating a bizarre, new scam in the greater Boston area.

Police said crooks have been stealing mail from official post office mailboxes. The criminals will go up to a standard blue mail drop box, usually between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m.

They’ll tie a plastic container, like a water bottle, to a piece of string and put some sort of glue on the outside of the container, usually glue from rodent traps. Then they’ll put it in the mailbox, allow letters to stick to it, and then pull the container back out.

The criminals will then use those letters to get personal information, like credit card numbers and checks.

Source: New ‘fishing’ crime hitting Massachusetts postal service boxes | Boston 25 News