Recently I moved out of a house which I shared with a room mate. After moving from the house, mail addressed to me arrived at the house. This mail was of a private and sensitive nature. I am gay, but no one really knows it; it's something I keep private because I work in a lot of Christian ministries. The letter addressed to me was opened by my former room mate, and through reading the mail, she discovered my sexual identity. Since then, the former room mate has demanded money through text messages, letting me know that she has received mail addressed to me, opened mail addressed to me, allowed others to read mail addressed to me, and will continue to do so until I give her money. I could lose my job at the church if this information was made public. Is there anything I can do?
Have you placed a forwarding order with the Postal Service?Have you reported this to the Postal Service?
I just recently moved out and since my mail primarily goes to my P.O. Box, it wasn't something that I really even considered. I didn't live with her that long, so the only mail going to the house was my light bill. However, a male I was romantically involved with knew my physical address and when he was unable to contact me, he wrote there. I've only been moved a week and it was a spur of the moment thing. I did file a complaint with the post office a few minutes before contacting you.
I was going to suggest filing a complaint with the US Postal Inspectors, since it is a federal crime to open another person's mail. Placing a forwarding order with the postal service should prevent this from happening again.You might tell the girl that if she makes one more threat you are going to call the police and file a report on her attempted extortion/blackmail, and that you can sue her for invasion of privacy if she shows your mail to anyone. Hopefully that will stop her.I hope this information is helpful.
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