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 Bioterrorism  Holistic-online.com

Characteristics of Suspicious Packages and Letters

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Excessive postage

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Handwritten or poorly typed addresses

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Unexpected or from someone unfamiliar to you. 

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Incorrect titles

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Title, but no name

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Addressed to someone no longer with your organization or are otherwise outdated.

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Misspellings of common words

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Oily stains, discolorations or strange odor

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No return address, or one that can't be verified as legitimate. 

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Excessive weight

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Unusual weight, given the size

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Lopsided or uneven envelope

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Protruding wires or aluminum foil

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Excessive security material such as masking tape, string, etc.

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Visual distractions

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Ticking sound

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Marked with restrictive endorsements, such as "Personal" or "Confidential"

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Shows a city or state in the postmark that does not match the return address

What should You do if You receive a suspicious parcel in the mail?

 

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Do not try to open the parcel!

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Isolate the parcel.

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Evacuate the immediate area.

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Call a Postal Inspector to report that you've received a parcel in the mail that may contain biological or chemical substances.

Source: Centers for Disease Control, US Department of Health, United States Postal Service

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