Gary Reblin, USPS vice president for new products and innovation, appeared on Federal News Radio's Federal Drive to talk up a number of topics, including Informed Delivery. Informed Delivery, as Reblin laid out to Federal Drive host Tom Temin, is the sending of images the USPS has to take of mail in order to process and send to the right destination, to customers in advance of receipt of mail. “We package it in an e-mail, or put it in an app, or onto a dashboard,” Reblin said. Temin asked, skeptically, why anyone would want Informed Delivery. Reblin countered: “A lot of people travel. They want to still be able to monitor what comes in their house. We have a lot of small businesses. They live on the fact of the check…” and needing to know what accounts receivable mail they would be getting on any given day.
Online fraud did not take a break for the pandemic. Just the opposite, crimes and complaints are exploding across all categories measured by the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
The FTC just released its Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book 2020, a comprehensive catalog of consumer reports about fraud, identity theft, online exploits and scams, along with other consumer protection topics. It provides nearly 100 pages of data and analysis of consumer abuses registered directly with the FTC and across its network of federal, state and local partners in consumer advocacy, protection and law enforcement.
The FTC data show that identity theft more than doubled from 2019 to 2020, representing nearly one-third of all types of complaints, with a record high 1.4 million and growing. Billions of dollars were lost, with seniors faring far greater financial harms on a per case basis. Incidents in subcategories like fraudulent use of identities for government benefits rose a stratospheric 2,920% year over year. And criminals are increasingly exploiting digital communications via text, email, social media, websites and apps to hunt and harm victims.
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