Warwick police warn residents of ‘mailbox fishing’

This is a file photo of USPS delivery truck. (WLNE)

WARWICK, R.I. (WLNE) — Warwick police warned residents on Thursday that the city has seen an uptick in “mailbox fishing.”

According to police, after a person “fishes” the checks, they will wash them and typically cash them for thousands of dollars more than they were originally written for.

Police said that the mailboxes recently targeted are at 850 Post Road, 325 Strawberry Field Road, and Namquid Drive at Spring Green Road.

Police also advised residents to:

  • Consider transferring your money using other methods
  • Drop mail containing checks directly at the Post Office or hand it directly to your mail carrier
  • If you use a mailbox, deposit the mail as close to the scheduled pick-up time as possible
  • When writing a check use a pen with pigmented ink that can’t be erased

If you see someone mailbox fishing, call Warwick police at 4910-468-4220.

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