Medford, Ore. -- Medford police are warning people who don't have locks on their mailboxes, saying it makes them vulnerable to identity theft.
Police said they've seen a dramatic increase in organized groups of criminals searching through mailboxes for information to steal people's identities. The thieves target certain areas of town and will sometimes get a credit card under the victim's name and send the credit card bills to a different mailing address. The victim won't even know about the charges until they run a credit report.
Police said the best way to protect yourself is by getting a lock for the mailbox or drop the mail right at the post office.
"There are a lot of ways criminals can steal your identity so it's a good idea to check your credit score regularly and investigate anything that looks odd," said Lieutenant Mike Budreau.
If you want to learn how to protect yourself from scams, NBC5 and several other partnets are hosting a 'Scam Jam' on Tuesday, May 13. The sessions are at 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. and are free to the public. You must register at www.scamjamoregon.com to attend either sesson.
Copyright KOBI-TV. All rights reserved unless otherwise stated. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without written permission.