Consumer Awareness

The Elwood P. Zap puppet
The Elwood P. Zap puppet had a brief career, appearing at a 1979 workshop to teach employees and business mail representatives about postal crimes. Though never widely used, Mr. Zap represents one of the Postal Inspection Service's many educational initiatives.
The Elwood P. Zap puppet had a brief
career, appearing at a 1979 workshop to
teach employees and business mail
representatives about postal crimes.
Though never widely used, Mr. Zap
represents one of the Postal Inspection
Service's many educational initiatives.
Postal inspectors do what they can to protect the American consumer from an array of postal frauds. But consumers are the key to making sure that their money stays in their pockets. Everyone needs to arm themselves with knowledge about common frauds. A little familiarity with the signs will go a long way in helping keep themselves and family members from being fleeced. The Postal Inspection Service has numerous ways to help educate consumers. For a start, learn more about the types of mail frauds that are in existence, and learn how to avoid these scams. Then click on the various links in this website to learn more information, or even report a suspected fraud. Don’t let the con artists win.

Learn how to protect yourself from current scams. Listen to consumer alert videos from the U.S. Postal Inspection Service for first-person testimony from postal inspectors and postal crime victims.