Quick Answer: How Do I Stop Someone Using My Address?

Is it illegal to open someone else’s mail with my address?

Any act that falls under mail tampering or mail fraud (which includes opening someone else’s mail) is considered a felony.

Even if the mail was delivered to the correct address, it is illegal to open or throw any piece of mail that isn’t addressed specifically to you..

Can I throw away mail that is not mine?

Yes. It is a federal crime to open or destroy mail that is not intended for you. The law provides that you can not “destroy, hide, open, or embezzle” mail that is not addressed to you. If you intentionally open or destroy someone else’s mail, you are committing obstruction of correspondence, which is a felony.

Can I sue someone for using my address?

It is possible, yes. However, this is more likely to be a criminal situation than a civil one. If someone uses your ID in an effort to commit fraud, this is a criminal act. If they do not actually manage to harm you, then there would be no basis for a lawsuit, because lawsuits require damages (generally.)

What to do if someone is falsely using your address?

If someone is using your address without your permission, you can return unwanted mail to the sender, file complaints with the USPS and USPIS, or contact the police to stop the person from using your address.

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

A federal statute known as 18 USC Section 1702 makes it illegal to open correspondence addressed to someone else. However, the law cannot be applied if you did not recognize that the mail was not yours when you opened it.

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

The key step is to take any mail which isn’t addressed to you and write ‘not known at this address’ and ‘return to sender’ on it, then pop it in any mailbox.

Is someone using my address for credit?

Your address is simply used alongside other information to help confirm your identity. You can be linked to other people on your credit report if you share finances with them, such as a joint mortgage. But your report won’t be linked to someone else’s just because you’ve lived at the same address.

How do you find out if someone is fraudulently using my address?

Checking your credit report and postal records is the easiest way to find out whether any incorrect addresses are listed. Unknown residences listed could mean someone obtained a fraudulent address change in your name.

What happens if someone uses your address for insurance?

Dispute the information immediately. You can’t control others, but you can update errors on your end. When you’re getting quotes, be prepared to notify the insurer that someone else is using your address without your permission. Then, use an online quoting tool, enter your address, and compare the premiums instantly.

What can you do if someone is using your address fraudulently?

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.