Indicators of a suspicious package may include:
- No return address or one that can’t be verified as legitimate;
- Marked with restrictions, such as "Personal," "Confidential," or "Do not X-ray;"
- Sealed with excessive tape;
- Handwritten or poorly typed address;
- Incorrect titles or titles with no name;
- Misspellings of common words;
- Oily stains, discolorations, or crystallization on wrapper;
- Strange odor;
- Rigid or bulky;
- Lopsided or uneven; or
- Addressed to someone no longer here or not addressed to a specific person.
If you receive a suspicious package or letter:
- Try not to handle the item. If you are holding the item, do not shake or bump it. Gently place it down in an isolated area.
- Don’t open the item.
- Don’t smell or taste anything leaking from the item.
- Do not discard the letter or package.
- Treat it as suspect and DIAL 911.
- Wash your hands with soap and water if you handled the package.
Last Updated: Mar. 18, 2015