Over the last couple of weeks, I have started to receive mail (US, snail) addressed to people who do not live at my address. We are the third owners of our house, and the names appearing on the envelopes are not previous residents. The names are not local neighbors either. I have not yet received a duplicate name. I suppose this could be some odd coincidence, but in the entire time we've lived here, apart from the odd mail to previous residents, I haven't had mail like this. The stuff I'm getting ranges from marketing junk to forms that someone must have requested from the IRS. Its not a flood of mail- I've seen three pieces in the last two weeks, but the IRS piece has me a little spooked, and has set off alarm bells. This smells a bit like someone laying the groundwork for ID theft- either mine, or someone elses. Should I be concerned?
posted by taubman
on Aug 10, 2008 -
Have you ever tried to send a piece of mail at the post office certified or signed? Yesterday I tried and the lady went into all this strange ins and outs to justify why I should pay $5 for priority mail envelop instead of the $2.50 (or so) I could pay to just track it (if I skipped the mailed receipt option). This included telling me I'd have to pay for the envelope (which is fine), but insinuating it would be expensive and deflecting how much an envelope would actually be (finally admitting it's only 10 cents).
posted by cha4
on Aug 7, 2008 -
I'm planning to add a feature to my website that will allow users to request periodic updates by email. I've cobbled together a little PHP script that uses the mail() function. It works perfectly when I test it myself, but I have no idea how this will work when released to a signficant number of users. [more inside]
posted by stuehler
on Jul 21, 2008 -
About 3-4 times a month, no mail is delivered to my building of 5 apartments (7 tenants) is this unusual? [more inside]
posted by NormandyJack
on Jul 9, 2008 -
A few of us work off a local OS X Fileserver. We often need to point each other to files deep with it by email. I am looking for an automated way to create clickable local links in the mail.app friendly format of "file:///Volumes/Server%20Portal/". Any solutions?
posted by Raff
on Jul 7, 2008 -
Is there an alternative to Pitney Bowes? My office uses Pitney Bowes for mailings and I CAN'T STAND THEM. They have the worst customer service, a horribly rigid billing service and the most aggressive fees and finance charge racket of any vendor I've ever worked with in my life. Nobody I talk to knows of any resonable alternatives. Is there something out there that will save me from the misery of working with those SOBs?
posted by odragul
on Jul 3, 2008 -
How can I migrate my Outlook 2003 settings, mail, contacts and calendars to a new XP user account on the same computer? [more inside]
posted by JPDD
on Jun 16, 2008 -
Please tell me how to mail a package to someone with no fixed address? Would a hotel in the area, or a USPS location accept delivery for them and keep item for them till pick up? Thanks.
posted by GoodJob!
on Jun 14, 2008 -
I have relatives in Japan who want me to mail them some over-the-counter medicines--specifically, extra-strength Tylenol and Sudafed (the new kind, without pseudoephedrine.) Both are legal in Japan and would be for their personal use only. So how do I find out how much of each I can mail them at once?
posted by aws
on May 18, 2008 -
I saw this
thread from last year, which listed some sites for cutting down on junk mail. If you have used some or all of them, how effective was it? Which one(s) did you use? [more inside]
posted by poppo
on May 13, 2008 -
Sometimes my Entourage allows outgoing messages on a new network, sometimes it doesn't (in which case I use the web based client, which is a pain). Just wondering if there's an easy way to fix this, or do you have to tweak something with every new network you use?
posted by dearleader
on May 12, 2008 -
I have a curbside mailbox and mail theft is common in Utah (http://deseretnews.com/dn/view/0,1249,600129714,00.html). Big Credit Card Company (BCCC) sends me convenience checks that can be stolen and cashed by anybody. The post office won’t let me move my mailbox to my house. Local politicians sided with the Postmaster. A rental box or a new security mailbox are impractical. [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind
on May 11, 2008 -
How do you get rid of unwanted email address that appear when sending a message in Apple Mail?
is a picture of what I want to delete. As far as I can tell, there is no way to get rid of the addresses.
posted by alitorbati
on Apr 29, 2008 -
I need to mail a passport and possibly other important, hard-to-replace legal documents from one Canadian address to another. Deadline is within the coming week. What is the most secure way to do this? If you have personal experience with this, please describe how long it took, cost, risks, etc. [more inside]
posted by catburger
on Apr 10, 2008 -
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? [more inside]
posted by easternblot
on Apr 9, 2008 -
I just updated my mac OS to 10.4.11 and now whenever I use mail (either typing in or pasting into it) the spacing gets all weird - I lose line breaks, I lose spaces in between words.
posted by cg2
on Mar 26, 2008 -
What are the risks and benefits of using Google Apps to send and receive eMail from my domains? [more inside]
posted by j0hnpaul
on Mar 22, 2008 -
Leopard, Apple Mail & IMAP issues: Since upgrading to Leopard, Apple Mail seems sluggish and unresponsive. The application is effectively unusable. It's gotten to the point where I'm using webmail access on all of my machines. Is this an issue with Apple Mail or have I misconfigured something (I use Dreamhost for my personal email accounts). [more inside]
posted by aladfar
on Feb 28, 2008 -
I sent out my taxes (for the first time MONTHS early) and sent them Certified Mail (upon the recommendation of an accountant) for the first time as well. I got the little green card back for the State Taxes but I never got one for my Federal Taxes. Does this mean that my Federal Tax return was lost in the mail? How do I go about verifying if my tax return was lost? Can I send them a copy? What do I do?
posted by starsixnine00
on Feb 27, 2008 -
I am currently getting mail sent to my apt. for at least 6 previous tenants. How can I make it stop? [more inside]
posted by anonymous78
on Feb 18, 2008 -
How can I change the default Mail application in OS X with a script (not
through the Mail.app GUI)? [more inside]
posted by sjl7678
on Feb 15, 2008 -
How can I remove the Sender header ("on behalf of") when sending from a different address in Gmail? Will Google Apps help me do what I want?
posted by drew3d
on Feb 14, 2008 -
What is the cheapest way to mail a single pencil to someone? I'm talking US domestic to US domestic address. An ideal solution wouldn't require a trip to the post office (although the first one I send probably would be through a desk clerk to make sure it's ok). I want something I could stick in my mail box as the need arises. Looking for suggestions for packaging material as well as postage. [more inside]
posted by inthe80s
on Feb 12, 2008 -
I sometimes want something I send to reach the recipient as quickly as possible, but I don't care to pay for priority service. How can I find out what the quickest local US mail dropoff would be? [more inside]
posted by tomwheeler
on Feb 3, 2008 -
Is this an acceptable format for writing out a business address on a mailing label?
posted by melorama
on Jan 30, 2008 -
Moronfilter: I've lost my mail key and can't replace it. Is there any way to get my mail? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Jan 29, 2008 -
Recommendation for a company that will receive an eBay package in the UK and ship it to me in Canada? [more inside]
posted by Mitheral
on Jan 26, 2008 -
Anyone know where one could find a free-to-use font for POSTNET barcodes and the new Intelligent Mail Barcodes? I can do my own encoding, but my supervisor wants the fonts installed for Microsoft Word. Any help is much appricated. :)
posted by TrueVox
on Jan 23, 2008 -