What New Yorkers should know amid ‘rise’ in mail theft

New Yorkers should be on the defensive against mail theft amid recent rises in stolen mail, including checks and credit cards, Attorney General Letitia James’ office said this week.

“Stealing mail is a violation of privacy, it is a federal crime, and it causes real problems,” James said in a statement.

Stolen mail can lead to identity theft and “destroyed credit card ratings” if bad actors get a hold of people’s personal and financial information, she added.

What is mail theft?

Mail theft is a felony under federal law, and could be penalized by up to five years in prison. This a different offense than mail fraud, which involves someone’s intent to defraud others via the mail system. That is also a felony but an offender could face up to 20 years in prison and fines of up to $250,000.