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sharpstick's avatar

Someone is using my address, what can I do?

Asked by sharpstick (532 points ) March 18th, 2011

Someone is putting my address down as their own. We have recently received magazine subscriptions in their name, and a member of the sheriffs department just came by looking for someone who doesn’t live here, that has me worried.

What can I do to make sure that are no mix-ups with law enforcement? Are their other repercussions of this that I may not be aware of?

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WasCy's avatar

You should talk to your local Postmaster about this.

In a very simple way, you could file a Change Of Address form with the Postal Service requesting “return” of any mail not sent to you by your own name. (That won’t help with bulk mail, but it will stop First Class mail addressed “to others” from being left in your box.)

But I’m questioning here whether you’re simply receiving mail that was sent to a prior resident at your address. I still receive mail occasionally addressed to the people I bought my home from – 8 years ago! – and even to residents prior to them!

bunnygrl's avatar

@WasCy GA and you’re right, we still get mail for the people who lived here over 7 years ago too. @sharpstick All you can do is tell your local sorting office honey, also if you’ve been contacted by the Sheriff’s Department, it might be worth contacting them directly and explaining the matter to them? hope you get it sorted honey <hugs> xx

wundayatta's avatar

I am still receiving tax forms for the prior owner of the house, and we bought the house twenty years ago!

WasCy's avatar

@wundayatta

Ben Franklin would have had another item for his list: death and taxes and those goddamn forms in the mail.

Since I’ve been filing via tax software and printing my own forms and returns, at least that has fallen off, anyway.

blueiiznh's avatar

@WasCy The Post Office should not be deliverying any mail that is not addressed to the name of record anyway. Call or contact them and file a complaint about these postal deliveries. When you get one, circle the name and write not at this address and leave it in your mailbox for them to take.
I would also call the local authorities (police, sheriff, etc) and explain it so you are not blindsided.
What kind of mailbox and area do you live? Is it rural and a streetside mailbox? Ifso, keep an eye on it to ensure nobody is going into your mailbox. Again, a chat with the supervisor who handles your postal area should do the trick.

marinelife's avatar

You might check to see if the person is a felon or on probation. If so, contact his probation officer and ask them if he has your address registered.

Mistakes in police raids can cause tragedies.

Judi's avatar

My sisters daughters thug baby daddy even tried to register to vote at her address. She thinks he is trying to establish a paper trail so if they try to have him arrested for trespassing when he breaks in he can say it’s his home. Creepy stuff as this guy is a dangerous gang banger.

Vincentt's avatar

I live in a student’s residence of 15 persons. About ¼th of the mail we receive is addressed to people who no longer live here…

Reading through the question, though, it doesn’t look like it’s from a prior resident, as this supposedly only happened since recently.

Kardamom's avatar

@Judi You could be right about this. One of my best friend’s daughters has been in prison twice and now that she’s out again, she (the daughter) has had a string of thuggy, on parole or currently in jail boyfriends. She has 3 kids by 3 different baby daddy’s (2 of which have recently been in jail) The cops are at my friend’s house at least once a month.

The OP, could if they are so inclined, phone each of the magazines to let them know that they are coming to the wrong house, but that would only be if they enjoy talking to customer service reps on the phone (something I don’t mind doing). And I agree with everyone about contacting the postmaster.

cak's avatar

I haven’t read through all the posts above. If it hasn’t been mentioned yet, get a credit report – from all three agencies. If they are using your address, they might be trying to use your credit, too.

Evidently, I owned a house just outside of Chicago! That was a mess!

AshlynM's avatar

You should also check your bank and credit card statements. If they have your address, they may very well have your banking information.

Receiving someone else’s mail is not fun. When I first moved in, I started receiving the previous tenants’ mail for several months. Some of it was good stuff but the rest was junk. I just threw it away, technically it’s the post office’s and mailman’s responsibility to forward the mail to the correct address.

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