An Exhibit at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum
Smithsonian National Postal Museum
The Silent Service
Postal Crime
Silent but Effective
Robbing the Mail
Unexpected Duties
Bombs in the Mail
You Solve the Case
Don't Be a Victim
Protect Yourself
2 SMRT 4U™
Identity Theft
Protecting Children
Delivering Justice
In Memoriam
Protecting You Now

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Animation of a man's photo being placed on top of a woman's photo on an ID card; 'Identity Theft: Has someone taken over your good name?'


Identity fraud is one of the fastest growing crimes in the U.S. If your personal data, such as your Social Security, bank account credit card, or PIN numbers fall into the wrong hands, it can cost you a great deal of time and money to fix the problem. Unauthorized individuals can use your personal information to obtain credit cards mailed directly to them or driversí licenses with their photographs accompanying your name.


Ten million Americans were victims of identity theft in 2006. It can take years of hard work for victims of identity theft to restore their credit rating and good name.

There are four steps that individuals should take to help protect their identity from thieves.

  • Review your consumer credit reports every year.
  • Shred and destroy unwanted documents that contain your personal information.
  • Deposit mail in U.S. Postal Service collection boxes or at your local post office.
  • Don’t leave mail in your mailbox overnight or on weekends.


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