March 14, 2008 // Franchising.com // (Middletown, NY,) – In the growing Internet world, there are many businesses selling their merchandise online. But using your home address to receive packages can make you vulnerable to identity thieves and fraud artists.
Incidents of mail theft from home mail boxes and USPS collection boxes continue to rise and some thefts include the removal of entire collection boxes. The Federal Trade Commission recommends safeguarding your personal information to deter identity thieves. According to the FTC website, identity theft affects an estimated nine million Americans each year and can cost thousands of dollars and many grueling hours of time to resolve. The state of New York had 16,452 reported cases of identity theft in 2006. About 33% of those were cases of credit card fraud. According to the site, many identity thieves are able to harvest personal information from stolen credit card bills and other mail.
One way to protect your information is to use a Private Mailbox or PMB. PMBs are available at authorized Commercial Mail Receiving Agencies (CMRAs) such as the PostalAnnex+ in Middletown, NY.
"Identity theft is a growing problem and we are trying to minimize the risk that people face when they order products online or receive credit card bills," said Paul Wallace, owner of the Middletown PostalAnnex+.
A Private Mailbox is an actual street address. This allows you to receive UPS, FedEx and DHL items as well as USPS mail, unlike PO boxes which can not accept FedEx, UPS or DHL packages. There is no need to stand in a long line at the Post Office because someone is always available to receive your packages. In addition, all the mail is monitored to avoid theft.
Private Mailboxes are one option for private citizens and companies to receive sensitive personal information. They offer a safe and secure means of receiving mail so you don't have to worry about fraud artists stealing your information.
Wallace's PostalAnnex+ is a convenient one-stop business service center. His store not only offers Private Mailboxes, but also shipping through USPS, UPS and FedEx, packaging supplies, photocopying and a variety of other office services.
The Middletown PostalAnnex+ is located at 400 Route 211 East. Store hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
PostalAnnex+ is a one-stop support center for packaging, shipping and office supply needs. Headquartered in San Diego, California, and founded in 1985, there are more than 300 locations operating nationally and internationally. All PostalAnnex+ locations are owned and operated by licensed franchisees. For more information on our services or for franchise information, visit www.postalannex.com.