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Old 04-01-2010, 07:29 PM   #1
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Opening Someone Else's Mail by Mistake?

If I get official-looking mail (that's obviously not junk mail) from a return address I don't recognize, I automatically check the address window to make sure it's for me before I open it. Am I the only one who does this?

We found an opened envelope in our mailbox today. Someone had written "delivered to wrong address, opened by mistake" on the envelope. It was a confirmation letter from the company that held my IRA to let me know it had been transferred to another company at my request. It listed the full amount of my IRA. So now some person I don't know has personal information about me. It didn't have my social security number on it, just the company that now holds my IRA and the amount. I doubt they can do anything with the information. It's just not something I would go broadcasting throughout the neighborhood. I just wish people would be more careful about opening mail! OK, my rant is over.
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Old 04-01-2010, 07:36 PM   #2
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I wouldn't blame the person that opened it, they may not have noticed the name. I ofter just zip through the mail and don't notice until it is too late that it was sent to the wrong house. My complaint would be with the Post Office, they are always putting the wrong letters in my mail box. I have gotten use to double checking anymore but initially I often missed the error.
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Old 04-01-2010, 07:43 PM   #3
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I have opened the wrong mail before. If it is put into my mailbox, then I assume it is mine. I just rip it open without reading over the front of the envelopes first.
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Old 04-01-2010, 08:22 PM   #4
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I guess I might be thankful that the person who opened it by mistake, was decent enough to do the right thing to make sure you got it rather than just throwing it away.
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Old 04-01-2010, 08:24 PM   #5
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I usually don't look at the address before opening it. I assume the post office has done their job correctly.
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Old 04-01-2010, 08:26 PM   #6
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I guess I might be thankful that the person who opened it by mistake, was decent enough to do the right thing to make sure you got it rather than just throwing it away.
I have to agree.

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I guess I might be thankful that the person who opened it by mistake, was decent enough to do the right thing to make sure you got it rather than just throwing it away.
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Old 04-01-2010, 08:43 PM   #8
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If I get official-looking mail (that's obviously not junk mail) from a return address I don't recognize, I automatically check the address window to make sure it's for me before I open it. Am I the only one who does this?

We found an opened envelope in our mailbox today. Someone had written "delivered to wrong address, opened by mistake" on the envelope. It was a confirmation letter from the company that held my IRA to let me know it had been transferred to another company at my request. It listed the full amount of my IRA. So now some person I don't know has personal information about me. It didn't have my social security number on it, just the company that now holds my IRA and the amount. I doubt they can do anything with the information. It's just not something I would go broadcasting throughout the neighborhood. I just wish people would be more careful about opening mail! OK, my rant is over.
Why do you assume they didn't recognize the return address? It is common for people to bank at the same institutions and the same investment companies. Also, it is possible the logo or what ever was there looks similar to another company that they do business with and didn't think anything about it until it was opened and they realized the mistake.
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Old 04-01-2010, 08:47 PM   #9
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I don't check the address on mail I receive. If it's in my mailbox, then I think it's a safe assumption that it belongs to me. If something was accidentally put in my box by mistake, I'd be sure to return it to the post office, whether I opened it or not. But checking every piece of mail that comes in to make sure it belongs here is not something I would take the time to do.
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Old 04-01-2010, 08:51 PM   #10
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I usually turn my mail over so the backs of the envelops are facing up - not sure why I do this - but I do. I wouldn't notice something wasn't addressed to me before I open it. I just assume it is in my mailbox so it is mine. I have received other people's mail every once in a while - I notice after the first piece of mail and then return it to the people in person. I do say I'm sorry I opened their mail - no one has ever been upset.
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Old 04-01-2010, 09:27 PM   #11
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I guess I might be thankful that the person who opened it by mistake, was decent enough to do the right thing to make sure you got it rather than just throwing it away.
I agree!
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Old 04-01-2010, 10:54 PM   #12
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I usually turn my mail over so the backs of the envelops are facing up - not sure why I do this - but I do. I wouldn't notice something wasn't addressed to me before I open it. I just assume it is in my mailbox so it is mine. I have received other people's mail every once in a while - I notice after the first piece of mail and then return it to the people in person. I do say I'm sorry I opened their mail - no one has ever been upset.
I do this too. I was starting to wonder if I was the only one. I sort out the junk, then turn the envelopes upside down, so I can open them all quickly. I don't even look at who it's from, much less who it's to.

And yep, I opened my neighbor's 401K statement by accident this way. I was mortified, and taped it up and put it in her mailbox. Since then I do try to check more closely, but still - if it makes its way into our mailbox, there's a good chance it's going to be opened by me or DH, whether it's ours or not.
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Old 04-01-2010, 11:06 PM   #13
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Oops! This just happened to me this week as a matter of fact. It was our property tax statements. I opened it, examined the amount, got a little miffed it was higher than expected...then I filed it in my To Pay box. Two days later OURS came in the mail.....upon further inspection my next door neighbors bill was in my file awaiting payment.
Not the first time this has happened to me and likely won't be the last. I just tape it back up, write a quick "I'm sorry I was a dork" and tuck it into their mailbox, where it should have been in the first place. LOL

OP, sorry it happened to you. If it makes you feel any better I try not to remember what I read if it wasn't mine to begin with.
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Old 04-02-2010, 05:38 AM   #14
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I have opened the wrong mail before. If it is put into my mailbox, then I assume it is mine. I just rip it open without reading over the front of the envelopes first.
me too....
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Old 04-02-2010, 06:05 AM   #15
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We had a string last summer where we kept getting mail for a family around the corner from us. We have the same house number and similar street names. I am surprised it doesn't happen more often actually. I opened a letter and it was a check and I couldn't for the life of me figure out why we were getting this check, then I looked at the name. We dropped it off at their house. For about 4 days we kept getting some of their mail so we were more careful about opening things for a while.

I hope your neighbor didn't have a heart attack when he saw his account value had dropped so much
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