Thursday, May 13, 2010

Change Of Address Scam Uncovered

Mountain Mail reports

New Mexicans are being warned about a criminal enterprise that is using their residential addresses to create false documents and obtain drivers’ licenses for foreign nationals.
In a press release from the Department of Taxation and Revenue, Secretary Rick Homans said the perpetrators are selecting random names and addresses of New Mexico residents from the phone book and using that information to file the “Official Mail Forwarding Change of Address Order Form” with the United States Postal Service. Using the same information, they are also generating false residential documents to obtain drivers’ licenses. Those driver’s licenses would then be forwarded to out of state addresses.
Unsuspecting homeowners will receive a notice from the Post Office about the request submitted for the mail to be forwarded for unknown individuals. It is important that homeowners respond to the notice or the request will be honored by the U.S. Post Office and the mail will be forwarded.
Individuals with any other concerns with this issue could either contact the post office or call the state’s hotline at 1-866-457-6789.

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