Pam Wasserman thought she was being careful when she mailed checks on behalf of her company in September.
Working from home amid the pandemic, the Silver Spring, Maryland, nonprofit executive didn’t want to enter a post office. Instead, she said she checked the pickup time on the blue mailbox closest to her house and made sure to drop the payments inside just before the carrier was due to arrive.
What she wasn’t expecting, however, is someone other than a postal worker to arrive first — a mail thief. A neighbor said she saw the heist happen, but Wasserman didn’t find out about the theft until she read about it on the neighborhood listserv later that day. By the time she alerted her company’s chief financial officer, four of the checks she mailed had been cashed for nearly $9,000.
“It’s infuriating,” she told the News4 I-Team, adding that she then began researching the frequency of such crimes. “It’s more common than we all knew.”