Do I open misaddressed imporant mail to let the sender know that it's not the right address?
April 9, 2008 3:54 PM Subscribe
I keep getting mail for a previous tenant, and I am quite sure this latest one is from a collection agency. I want to return it, but there is no complete return address on the outside of the envelope. Do I open the envelope to check the complete address?
posted by easternblot to Law & Government (14 answers total)
I've lived at my place for 5 years, and there was nobody in there before me for months so I have no clue who this person even is. Over the years I have received several letters for him from the UK (I'm in Canada), but it seems that if I write "return to sender -This person doesn't live here" it doesn't really do much. I tried that all the time, and letters kept coming. There was one long stream of letters that ended with a really serious URGENT one. THAT address I googled and found that it was a student debt collecting thing (also in the UK), so I sent them the closed envelope back with a letter explaining that they were sending stuff to the wrong house. I kept copies of that just in case, but that stream of letters ended. Yay.
Now this letter is from a different return address. I want to send them a letter too, because it helped stop the previous stream of mail. There is no company name or department or person, just a building and street address. I don't think it will end up with the right person if I just return it. I Googled the address again, and it's an office building. One of the offices in there *is* a debt collecting agency and I'm pretty sure they are the sender, but not 100% sure.
So, do I open it and then send back, or is that A Bad Thing? I could have opened it by accident (that happened before with one of his old ones too)
What's the alternative? Just leave it and waiting for a guy to come at my door?
The stupid thing is: I bet the only reason that this person is in debt is because he never gave a change of address to whoever sent him bills in the first place. He doesn't even KNOW that he's getting all this mail.