Fraudsters Cash In on Fake Check Scams

Even in this age of high-tech trickery, one classic con continues strong: The gotcha that results from any number of scams that involves a fake check or money order. Last year, fake checks once again ranked as number one on the “Top Scams” list by the National Consumers League and recently, they’ve been on the increase in some parts of the U.S. But no matter where you live, they remain the route to rip-off in some of the most prevalent schemes …

Miss Those Paper Social Security Statements? They’re Back

For those of you who liked getting your estimated Social Security benefits statements by mail, you’re in luck. The Social Security Administration says it’s planning to send out paper statements once again, beginning in September. Not everyone will get one, however. Only workers who haven’t signed up to review their statements online will be getting the paper version - and those will be mailed out only every five years rather than annually, says SSA spokeswoman Dorothy Clark. Related: When Should You …

Why the Post Office Might Stop Delivering Mail to Your Door

I’m fortunate to have one of most adorable dogs in the world – Cara, our 7-year-old wire fox terrier – watching over our house (nearly always from inside) pretty much 24/7. She is diabolically effective in scaring Darrell, our cheerful and ever-reliable postal carrier, away from the house within moments after he’s left mail at our front door. Earlier this year, I had to break the news to Cara that the U.S. Postal Service was proposing to do away with …

Three Ways to Cut Back on Fundraising Mail

 “Why do I get so much fundraising mail?” If you are in my position as a development professional, you sometimes get that call (or letter) from a donor that starts with, “Why do you send me so many requests for support?”  Obviously, if it’s “so much” it must be “more than I want.”  I usually get right to the point – how often would you like to hear from us?  Would you rather join our sustainer program? (A sustaining donor …

The Postal Service Loves Your Heart

The fiscal health of the U.S. Postal Service hasn’t been so great lately, but that hasn’t stopped them from worrying about the heart health of the rest of us. In honor of February being American Heart Month — and the month for that other heart-related holiday, Valentine’s Day — the postal service is releasing two new stamps celebrating the heart. One reminds us to keep our heart healthy. The other offers a cheery heartfelt tribute to love. Both are “Forever” stamps, …

Five Day Work Week for the Mailman

Is everyone aware that the elimination of mail delivery on Saturdays is one step closer to reality this week? According to this Washington Post blog, the USPS earned approval to take the proposal to postal regulators and Congress. Postmaster General John E. Potter will submit plans by next Tuesday. If the proposal is approved by Congress and the Postal Regulatory Commission, Saturday mail delivery would cease at the start of fiscal 2011. But! Don’t panic yet – I didn’t realize …