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StuckOnPeas

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Posted: 5/9/2014 6:01:25 PM
We bought our home 15 years ago and don't know the former owners. We still get mail occasionally. Today I received a letter addressed to former occupant from an insurance company so I opened this piece to see if I should give it to the USPS or if it was junk mail. It was a letter stating that the former owner was no longer an insurance agent for such and such agency and had to relinquish all invoices, etc.

What would you do?

As I said, it's rare to get mail this late, looked official, and they no longer have a change of address. if it were refund, I would call the # on the letter and let them know the people don't live here. I have no idea where they are.

eebud
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Posted: 5/9/2014 6:05:44 PM

looked official,

I would not have opened something that looked official. I would have written not at this address and sent it back.





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StuckOnPeas

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Posted: 5/9/2014 6:13:10 PM
I'll do that in the future. It wasn't IRS official, it was an Accuity envelope. I'll take it to the post office. Shouldn't have done it... wouldn't cash a check or scam anyone. Sometimes junk mail is addressed "resident" with the old occupants name. This is the first "real" letter that wasn't lawn service or crap that came since 2000.

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StuckOnPeas

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Posted: 5/9/2014 6:13:58 PM
And now that I think about it, why would someone list a home address they hadn't used in 14 1/2 years if they really worked in the industry? Makes me wonder how much mail I'm not getting.


***** didn't think to send it back because of the time gap and thread on "how long do you return to sender"... wouldn't you change your address if you're coming up on 15 years?

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Posted: 5/9/2014 6:17:12 PM
they might have just been sending the letter to all known addresses trying to track them down. tape it up, write "not at this address" and toss it in a blue box.


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StuckOnPeas

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Posted: 5/9/2014 6:18:56 PM
I'll do that tomorrow.

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Posted: 5/9/2014 8:23:00 PM
Yes. They were in hundreds of thousands of dollars of debt and had several identities and fake business names. We got mail for many years. Way too many. I own it. They were irresponsible and I'm nosy.

I had to deal with their tons of mail, the sheriff and CPS visiting my house looking for them, and being on the no delivery service from the local pizza place because they assaulted a delivery driver. My good natured-ness expired when we got the 3rd visit from the sheriff because they were being served.






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Posted: 5/9/2014 9:00:37 PM
The average pea answer? No, never. That's a federal offense. Put it in the mail marked "not at this address."

The "I've had too much to drink this Friday evening" honest response?
Yes. Yes I have. 15 years is a loooong time and I'm a curious law-breaker.


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Posted: 5/10/2014 11:14:24 AM
yes, you broke the law.

I don't understand the drinking comment, but oh, well.

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Posted: 5/10/2014 11:20:07 AM
I was drunk when I did it defense.

I read a newspaper that came for the dead husband of the woman who sold us the house.

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Posted: 5/10/2014 11:34:28 AM


The average pea answer? No, never. That's a federal offense. Put it in the mail marked "not at this address."

The "I've had too much to drink this Friday evening" honest response?
Yes. Yes I have. 15 years is a loooong time and I'm a curious law-breaker.



Love this answer! Last few months - "not at this address". 15 years ago? Either trash or open if it looked interesting.

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Posted: 5/10/2014 11:36:21 AM
No, that breaking a Federal law thing always got to me.

I just kept it and when I had a few pieces, I'd bundle it up and give it back to the PO with a "not at this address," written on it.

Sometimes I wished I had a "not at this address" stamp made up though, it does get old.


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Posted: 5/10/2014 3:30:21 PM
Nope, I never have. I saw no reason to do so. Plus, I tease DH if he opens my mail, so I certainly can't go opening someone else's mail.


In the beginning we marked the envelopes and put them back out for the mail carrier, but now, 14 years later, we just toss them out.







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Posted: 5/10/2014 3:46:43 PM
I've never opened someone else's mail. That's a federal offense.
I have sent mail back over and over and finally called the postmaster to have it stopped.


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Posted: 5/10/2014 4:10:10 PM
I don't open other peoples' mail, but not because I'm some goody goody. I just don't care.




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Posted: 5/10/2014 5:46:24 PM
I just did today. We've been in our home for 23 years and I personally know the other two residents that had the address the prior 20 years. The name on the envelope was neither of them. It was from a mortgage company and on the outside envelope was printed "important mortgage payment information enclosed" To be honest it freaked me out a bit. Could this be a case of stolen identity? I needed to know so I opened it. It turns out that it was junk mail but I'm glad I made sure.


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Posted: 5/10/2014 7:08:44 PM
I've opened mail for previous residents. When I get the mail, I sit down and start opening. If it has the part that you open on top of the pile, I don't even bother to look at who it is addressed to.

Now, if I had seen the name first, I typically won't open it. I did on a toll road bill because we had gotten them for a couple of years for someone who had lived at this address and they started coming in red envelopes. I had just watched a news story on them not allowing an address to renew license plates if they were delinquent so I opened and called them. Unfortunately since the guy hasn't registered his vehicle somewhere else in the state, they can't take it out of the system. The notices have slowed down a bit.


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Posted: 5/10/2014 7:14:43 PM
ya cause the federal government gives a darn that you opened someones mail that was delivered to your residence and the person hasn't lived there in 15 years. Who exactly is the government going to send to investigate this heinous crime?

There is such a thing called reasonableness (or good faith)...opening something in order to determine your next step would likely fall under that.

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Posted: 5/10/2014 7:42:57 PM
I'd just throw it in the trash.



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Posted: 5/11/2014 5:53:37 AM
I always send it back. We've been in this house about 5 years. Got something for the previous owner that looked like a check. I know she's in the area, but not where. I just wrote Not at This Address. Hopefully the agency that sent it has a phone number or something.

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Posted: 5/11/2014 1:31:40 PM
No. And I always check the name on the mail before I open it. It's pure laziness not to.



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Posted: 5/11/2014 1:35:47 PM
No, I write "not at this address" and send it back.


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Posted: 5/11/2014 2:18:16 PM
I haven't - I'm really not interested and have enough of my own mail to worry about!

Some of our bills (like our power bill) come addressed only to dh. I open those, but otherwise, if it's not addressed to me, I don't open it.


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Posted: 5/11/2014 2:25:04 PM
yes. it was a christmas card with no return address.... it had their annual christmas card letter (but clearly not THAT annual as she mentioned she had just found the address so hopes the card finds her).

i didn't feel bad one little bit. it was nice hearing about her family and their mission work.

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Posted: 5/11/2014 3:40:14 PM


No. And I always check the name on the mail before I open it. It's pure laziness not to.
oh for Pete's sake really? I'l be lazy then because it seems stupid to double check the name on an envelope that came to my address


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