General Information

The Postal Inspection Service is the primary law enforcement arm of the United States Postal Service, empowered by Congress to investigate postal offenses and civil matters relating to the Postal Service, including:

  • Safeguarding the billions of mailpieces, the people who move it, and the customers who use it.
  • Investigating mail theft crimes.
  • If a fraudster uses the U.S. Mail to further their scheme, they fall under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.
  • Enforcing over 200 federal laws involving the misuse of the U.S. Mail for criminal activity, including identity crimes.
    • Overlapping jurisdiction often requires collaboration with other federal, state, and local authorities. Postal Inspectors have developed close working relationships with other agencies that facilitate such cooperation.

Consumer Protection Campaigns

The Postal Inspection Service regards consumer education as one of its top weapons in fighting fraudsters and has developed and partnered in several comprehensive fraud initiatives with consumer-protection agencies and other stakeholders to educate consumers.


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