To identify suspicious mail, look for:
- Excessive postage and/or stamps in lieu of a meter strip
- Misspelling common words
- Oily stains, discolorations, or odor
- No return address
- Excessive weight
- Protruding wires or aluminum foil
- Excessive security materials (e.g. masking tape, string)
- Ticking sound
- Marked with restrictive endorsements like "Personal" or "Confidential"
- Postmark city/state does not match return address
If you have a suspicious piece of mail, follow these directions:
Call BOTH these 24-hour numbers:
- State Patrol, Post 16 at 281-5608 (for mail received on the Capitol Complex) OR Postal Inspector at 1-877-876-2455 (for mail received off the Capitol Complex), and
- Department of Administrative Services Customer Service at 242-5120
If suspicious mail is open and/or a threat is identified:
- HANDLE THE PACKAGE WITH CARE! - Do not shake or empty the contents.
- Leave the package "as is"
- Leave the room and close the door.
- Wash hands, arms, and other exposed surfaces with soap and water.
- Notify your supervisor immediately.
- Keep all people that were present in the room or area when the letter or package was recognized together and obtain a list of those people.
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