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James
18 Jan 2019

I love the Informed Delivery service and will continue to use it. My mailbox is at the end of a long driveway and I know my mailman's schedule. I can get my mail as soon as possible and before thieves have a chance to steal it. If I have no mail that day I don't make the trek to the road. Packages are left in the detached garage and I know when to look for them. It's a great service for me!

Posted by:

Art F
18 Jan 2019

The Informed Delivery website notes that checking that a mail piece didn't get delivered doesn't launch an investigation or anything. I think they just use it to compile statistics.

Posted by:

Nezzar
18 Jan 2019

Dear Bob,
Thanks very much for the info. I will never sign up for Informed Delivery.

Posted by:

Tazmo
18 Jan 2019

Moe than likely this USPS code was written by the retards that wrote obamacare!!!

Posted by:

PL
18 Jan 2019

"With the Experian file frozen, a customer must present ID in person as a Post Office" - I think you meant to say: "With the Equifax file frozen, a customer must present ID in person at a Post Office"

I love Informed Delivery. It tells me what to be on the lookout for. I don't get any targeted ads because I use an ad-blocker. And if it says something important is coming and then the mailpiece doesn't arrive, I can follow up with the sender. (There's an option to let the Postal Service know that you haven't received the mailpiece, but they don't do anything about that.)

Posted by:

SueAnn
18 Jan 2019

I have informed delivery and I like it. I also have a freeze on all the credit bureaus.

Posted by:

Sal
18 Jan 2019

I use the Informed Delivery service and love it. My experience has been positive, so far, but thank you for the warning.

Posted by:

Nigel A
18 Jan 2019

As a Canadian, it seems to me to me good idea thought up and put into practice by someone who didn't know how to think like a villain. This haz happenned before and I predict it will happen again.

Posted by:

Stephen
18 Jan 2019

Art F is correct re checking the box to say you didn't get the piece.
One thing the service is good for is to allow you know when you don't get the really important stuff. The day after Thanksgiving last year, my email showed 9 pieces of mail (8 photos and 1 'we don't have a photo, but something is coming'). I got none of those pieces but 3 of my next-door neighbor's mail. I went over to him, but he didn't get my stuff and to this day (even after doing a formal report to the usps) have not gotten the mail. The big problem was that that Friday my route was covered by a floater letter carrier, not the regular one. So who knows where the mail went?
And the lack of an email msg on a given day doesn't mean you're not getting any mail, it just means you are probably not getting any first class stuff.

Posted by:

Margie Harkins
18 Jan 2019

I actually like Informed Delivery. One major plus is that I see what mail I am getting via a daily email to my account If someone opened a credit card or any other account in my name, Informed Delivery would give me the heads-up that I wouldn't ordinarily have.

It also allows me to know when packages are out for delivery - so I can grab them from my door when they are delivered.

I see Informed Delivery as a tool to prevent fraud. Maybe the security aspect could be tightened, but it is a worthwhile program.

I use an ad blocker, so I am not targeted at advertising.

Posted by:

Jake
18 Jan 2019

It seems that taking no action on this program might be the riskiest course of action. Signing up with your e-mail address will prevent another person from signing up your physical address with their e-mail address.

I am using the service and live in a multi-unit building. The mailboxes are locked but mail is sometimes delivered to the wrong box. I know to ask my neighbors if something is missing.

Posted by:

Ricky Raccoon
18 Jan 2019

You're going to have fraud regardless of whether there's Informed Delivery or not. You're going to have a few bad players in anything that can be used for illicit monetary gain.
The service works well for the vast majority of customers and provides an invaluable service.
To the person who cast the name "retard(s)" and compared it to "Obamacare", you're part of the problem of what's wrong in this country right now.

Posted by:

bb
18 Jan 2019

Nezzar: Not signing up for Informed Delivery will *not* stop thieves from doing that in your name.

As noted above, you will have to opt-out of “Informed Delivery” by emailing a request to eSafe@usps.gov. But with no response, one can never know if the opt-out really worked.

Posted by:

Ken
18 Jan 2019

I have been using informed delivery since the post office started it. I have never had an issue, but I also froze my Equifax, Transunion and Experian credit files immediately after the Equifax breach. I can't even sign up for a new phone service without unfreezing at least one. It seems to me that freezing your credit files for other obvious reasons is much more critical than doing so because of the informed delivery service.

Posted by:

JOD
18 Jan 2019

This makes me wonder if Equifax has actually frozen my file, as requested since 2017, since I recently signed up online for Informed Delivery It has been working fine with no request to go to PO with ID.

Posted by:

J Stubbs
18 Jan 2019

The poor postal service. Delivery persons try real hard - despite the incompetencies of USPS upper management. USPS leaders and decision makers can't fix existing system wide problems and seem good at inventing new ones.

Posted by:

Don
18 Jan 2019

I also use the informed delivery and have had no issues so far. I like it because in inclement weather I sometimes don't go to my mail box for days if there is just junk there. There is rarely anything that comes by mail that is important anymore.

Posted by:

Will
18 Jan 2019

I have Informed Delivery and it is especially useful if you use a PO Box as it eliminates some useless trips. However, I have sometimes received the days before AND days after receiving a piece of mail. The "days after" part is the strange part.

Posted by:

Elsie M. Lucas
18 Jan 2019

How can you tell if you are signed up for the

"Informed Delivery" ?

Posted by:

Lou
18 Jan 2019

Thanks Bob for the information. It is very informative. I have an account with the USPS and therefore have access to the informed delivery section. I can say that it may have its flaws, but in general it works fairly good. I have often thought about what can thieves do with my account. But hackers get into any company including government agency's. So when you sign up for a service online, you cross your fingers and hope that nothing happens.
As for showing ID at the PO to get informed delivery, I learned that USPS is a government entity and does not need permission to access any credit agency. So they can go in and access your information, even if you have a credit freeze. I have a credit freeze since 2016 and last year I signed up for Informed Delivery, however, USPS could access my credit info. Here's the link to learn more about it:

http://postalnews.com/blog/2015/05/09/postal-myths-2-the-usps-is-not-a-government-agency/

Thanks again for the scoop on what's going on with "Informed Delivery."

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