Mail Fishing

2019-03-25T14:39:02
ID SCHNEIER:558C3F694F6302353942BD0D903282E7
Type schneier
Reporter Bruce Schneier
Modified 2019-03-25T14:39:02

Description

Not email, paper mail:

> Thieves, often at night, use string to lower glue-covered rodent traps or bottles coated with an adhesive down the chute of a sidewalk mailbox. This bait attaches to the envelopes inside, and the fish in this case -- mail containing gift cards, money orders or checks, which can be altered with chemicals and cashed -- are reeled out slowly.

In response, the US Post Office is introducing a more secure mailbox:

> The mail slots are only large enough for letters, meaning sending even small packages will require a trip to the post office. The opening is also equipped with a mechanism that grabs at a letter once inserted, making it difficult to retract.

The crime has become more common in the past few years.