Washington, DC

“Dear PoPville,

We own our home in DC, and have lived in it for about 3 years. We’ve always gotten the odd piece of mail here or there that was addressed to the wrong person, and I just chalked this up to quadrant typos (something getting sent to NE vs NW) or just a mistake. However, over the past few months, we have been getting 1-2 letters a week addressed to different people, with a variety of names.

I know the names of the previous owners and none of this mail has their name on it. It’s also not junk mail, it’s mail from the IRS, bills, Health Insurance companies, etc. Is there anything I can do beyond dropping them in the mailbox with Return to Sender? I’ve notified our mail person that only people with our name reside in the residence, but our mail person changes a decent amount and I know they have a lot on their plate. Other than a mild annoyance, is this something I should be concerned about for identity theft or anything else?


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