Harassment occurs when someone makes repeated, unwanted contact with another person with the intent to annoy or cause alarm. This includes threats of harm and unwarranted demands. The perpetrator may use a variety of methods to harass his victim, including the mail. When this occurs, victims can notify the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, which investigates crimes that involve the mail.
Harassment by Mail
Offenders can harass someone by mail in a variety of ways, from mailing unwanted sexually explicit materials or messages to threatening physical harm. If you receive offensive material in the mail, keep it as proof of the harassment.
Reporting the Harassment
You can report the harassment to your local police department and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, which investigates a variety of crimes in which mail is used, including threats, extortion and mail fraud. You can report harassment to the U.S. Postal Inspection Service by submitting a complaint online or contact them by phone at (877) 876-2455. You can also contact them in person at the U.S. Postal Inspection Service office in your area, or send your harassment complaint by mail to the Criminal Investigations Service Center, 433 W. Harrison Street, Room 3255, Chicago, Illinois 60699-3255.