Suspicious Package / Mail
- If you receive or discover a suspicious package, letter or object, do not touch, tamper with, or move it.
- Report it immediately to Police at 911 (or 9-911 from a campus phone).
Characteristics of suspicious letters and packages:
- Origin - Postmark doesn’t match the city of the return address, name of sender is unusual or unknown, or no return address is given.
- Postage - Excessive or inadequate postage.
- Balance - The letter is lopsided, unusually thick, has an unusual amount of tape, has an irregular shape, soft spots or bulges, or the letter or package seems heavy for its size.
- Contents - Stiffness or springiness of contents; protruding wires or components; oily outer wrapping or envelope; feels like it contains powdery substance; is buzzing, ticking, or has a sloshing sound.
- Smell - Particularly almond or other suspicious odors.
- Writing - Handwriting of sender is not familiar or indicates a foreign style not normally received by recipient, or cut-and-paste or rub-on-block letters are used. Common words, names, or titles are misspelled, or special instructions like “fragile,” “confidential,” or “do not delay” are present.