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Suspicious Letters and Packages

Common Characteristics

  • Excessive Postage (usually postage stamps)
  • Fictitious or No Return Address
  • Poorly Typed or Handwritten Address
  • Incorrect Titles
  • Titles but no names
  • Addressed to someone no longer with your organization or otherwise outdated
  • Misspellings of common words
  • Oily stains or discolorations
  • Excessive binding material:  Masking, electric or strapping tape, string, or twine
  • Rigid, lopsided or uneven envelope
  • Protruding wires, screws or other metal parts
  • Restrictive endorsements:  Confidential, Personal, To Be Opened By Addressee Only
  • Visual distractions:  Fragile, Rush, Handle with Care

Procedures to follow in the event of a Suspicious Letter/Package

  1. Cover package and notify supervisor or Campus Police at 757-683-5660
  2. Vacate  and secure area
  3. List all persons in immediate area