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How to Stop Unwanted Mail from Coming to Your Address

JACKSON, Miss. — You walk out to get the mail and it is not yours. The address is not right, or it belongs to the guy that lived there before you did. Luckily, there are some things you can do to stop that from happening.

According to Doug Kyle, spokesperson for the Mississippi District of the United States Postal Service, if you received someone else’s mail, make sure you write a note on the letters saying “not for, this address,” and then write out your address.

If you receive someone else’s mail but the address is correct, make sure you leave a note indicating that person does not live at your residence.

“That way when the carrier does get it back, they can tell what happened to the mail piece,” said Kyle.

After writing a note indicating the problem, the next thing you should do is put the mail back in your mailbox, or drop it off at one of those big blue drop off boxes outside of your local post office. If your mailbox does not have a flag to indicate you have mail that needs to be shipped, it may be a good idea to leave another a note indicating the situation.

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