How Do I Stop Someone From Using My Address?

Is it illegal for someone to use my address without permission?

Technically, it isn’t explicitly illegal for someone to use your address.

However, using a mail address without permission or using it as your own when it isn’t, could be deemed address fraud.

In some states, it would result in jail time.

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What can someone do with your mailing address?

With a name and address, a thief can change your address via U.S. Postal Service and redirect mail to their address of choice, Velasquez says. With access to your financial mail, the thief may intercept bank statements and credit card offers or bills, then order new checks and credit cards.

Can you open mail with your address but someone else’s name?

If it’s combined with a few other letters that are addressed to you, you may accidentally open it, thinking that it was yours. The federal statute 18 USC Section 1702 states that it is illegal for individuals to open correspondence that is addressed to other individuals.

Is it a felony to open your spouse’s mail?

Under the law, tampering with, hiding or opening mail addressed to someone else, even if to your spouse or ex-spouse, is a Federal crime. … You may open mail addressed to your spouse or ex-spouse when: You are given explicit authority by your spouse or ex-spouse; or. The letter or mail is also addressed to you.

Is giving a false address a crime?

Address fraud is a type of fraud in which the perpetrator uses an inaccurate or fictitious address to steal money or other benefit, or to hide from authorities. The crime may involve stating one’s address as a place where s/he never lived, or continuing to use a previous address where one no longer lives as one’s own.

Is lying about your address illegal?

When you lie about where you live and submit false proof of residency documents, you may be committing felony records tampering. Even if you have the best intentions for your kids, providing an address that isn’t yours is still fraud.

What to do if someone is falsely using your address?

For that, you’ll need to call your local U.S. Postal Inspection Service office, which you can locate here. You can also call the general number for the U.S. Postal Inspection Service at 877-876-2455 (press option “4” to report mail fraud), or file a report online.

How do I stop someone else’s mail from coming to my address?

You can write “return to sender” or “no longer at this address.” If you cross off the barcode, automated systems alert someone to look at the mail and, hopefully, see it’s being delivered to the wrong address.

Is it illegal to open mail sent to your address?

No, it is illegal to intentionally open someone else’s mail. However, if you accidentally open a stray piece of mail that ended up in your mailbox, it’s not technically a crime. Can I keep mail delivered to me by mistake? If you receive mail addressed to someone else and keep it, you’re still committing a crime.

Can you open a bank account with someone else’s address?

You need to contact the banks directly and advise them of what is happening. When they set up the accounts, they should ask for verification of his address to assure he resides or receives mail, at the location which he gives. Once you report this, the bank will contact him to resolve the matter.

How can I stop someone using my address without my permission?

If you’re receiving post addressed to someone else (either a previous occupant or otherwise), it can’t affect your credit score. But understandably, you’ll want to stop them using your address. Simply write ‘not at this address’ or ‘moved away’ on the envelopes, and post them back to the senders.