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Opening or tampering with the mail of another is a federal crime and may subject an individual to both significant fines and jail time. However, the issue of intent will be an issue, and if the person opening the mail had reason to believe that the mail could be opened (this becomes particularly true if the mail is addressed to someone at work instead of at a home address), then the penalties may not apply.
Issues of mail tampering or the like can be reported to the United States Postal Inspection Service, who can be reached at:
Even if it is obvious that the mail is totally personal----no chance to be related to business---there is basically nothing I can. do?
They would be the agency that would handle an investigation regarding mail related tampering.
That is not what I said, you can file a complaint with the United States Postal Inspector, who will determine if there is sufficient intent to investigate. I just wanted you to be aware that intent is a key element. If the mail is clearly personal, that may be enough to show intent, but the question of course would then be raised, if the mail is completely personal, why it was being sent to work. There may be a perfectly good reason, but this is an informational site and so I want to provide you with as much information as I can.
Again, the Postal Inspector can be reached at:
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