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Is it against the law to tape a notice on the outside of a

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Is it against the law to tape a notice on the outside of a mailbox?
Hello, my name is Ely. I am here to help you. There may be a slight delay between your follow ups and my replies as I type out a reply. Please note: (1) this is general information only, not legal advice; and (2) my function is to give you honest information and not to tell you what you necessarily wish to hear.

Not really. US federal law is mainly concerned with stopping defacing, tampering, and destroying mail box property. When a mailbox is put into use for the purposes of sending and receiving mail, it becomes federal property. Mailbox tampering is when one interferes with another person's letter box or other receptacle.

According to 18 USC Chapter 83/1705, destruction is defined as tearing down, injuring, defacing or destroying a mailbox or receptacle intended for delivery or receipt of the mail, and it has to be done willfully or maliciously.

What she has done was simply tape some cards to a mailbox - this is arguably far from being a federal crime. While it is a good idea to refrain from doing so again in the future, it is highly unlikely that the federal prosecutor is going to see this as anything worth prosecuting at all...

Your daughter can relax.

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Customer: replied 4 years ago.
My daughter was told putting a card on the mailbox could be considered vandalism. She did go and remove any cards that still remained but she is really scared of the possibility she did something illegal.
I do want to put forth that calling that "vandalism" would be a vast exaggeration. The legislative focus of 18 USC Chapter 83/1705 is focused on malicious and willful defacement and destruction of mail receptacles.

Taping a small business card to each is simply not that. Period. No district attorney would ever prosecute for this matter because it is beyond ludicrous to spend thousands of dollars to prosecute a small business advertising attempt that had small business cards taped on a mailbox.

However, since it can make some individuals mad who own the mailboxes, it is best not to do this again in the future.

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