How to deal with wrongly addressed post which has been sent to you.
Do you get a lot of post and often leave it on the table to look at later. You may not be aware that some of it is not for you.
How often have you had a letter of package delivered to you that has been sent in error?
Receiving posts for someone else can be annoying but it could also mean that this is the start of an identity theft.
Of course the postman could have simply posted the mail to your letter box incorrectly so what should you do if this happens? Below are some important tips on how to deal with wrongly addressed post which has been sent to you.
What to do if the post has been delivered to you but the named person does not live there anymore?
This often happens when someone has moved and not redirected their mail via the post office or the redirection has expired.
So in this instance do the following
If you know their new address then cross out the address but keep the name clear. Write ‘Person does not live here and forward to (then quote the address on the envelope). Then put the letter into the local post box and hopefully Royal Mail will redeliver the item.
This generally happens when someone has moved and either hasn’t bothered to redirect their post or the redirection has expired.
If you do not know the new address – then cross out the address but not the name. Write ‘not known at this address and please return to the sender;. Then again put the letter into the local post box and the Royal Mail will then redirect.
If there is a return address on the front of the letter then the Royal Mail will redeliver for free
But if there is no return address then the Royal Mail will send the letter to their return centre in Belfast and the team there will do their best to return the item. The team will hold onto the item for around 4 months in case the person who is waiting for the item contacts them. Sadly after 4 months the item will be certainly lost so it is vital that any post you mail out always has a return address on the back of the item.
If you wish to redirect post if you are thinking of moving then use https://www.royalmail.com/personal/receiving-mail/redirection/
What if the letter has been delivered to the correct address but the named person has never lived there
This has happened to me in the past.
The Royal Mail plus other delivery services will deliver to an address rather than to an actual person so they will still deliver the letter to you.
Again be aware that this could be the start of an identity scam – or more likely human error but please be aware.
So do the following
Cross out the address but not the name of the person. Write ‘not known at this address and return to sender’ and again post in the local post box. You could also visit the local post office and hand it in there
Post that does have the right address but delivered to you in error.
Sometimes you will get post meant for your neighbour and in this instance simply deliver the letter to your neighbour. Do not hold on to it
Also you can write ‘misdelivered’ on the front and put in the local post box and the Royal Mail will deliver to the correct address
In the past I have had a parcel sent to me but with a different name – As I live in a block of flats I put a notice on the notice board asking if ‘Mr Smith’ was expecting a package. In fact ‘Mr Smith’ knocked on my door later that evening. I asked him what he was expecting (he described what he was waiting for) and then I handed over the package.
Can you just ignore any letter or package sent to you in error
You may think well the letter was sent to my house so I can keep it. The answer is NO. In fact you could be committing a crime under the Postal Service Act 2000. Check the link here for further information http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2000/26/section/84/enacted
Bottom line is that you cannot keep any post sent to you in error – no matter how intriguing it is! After all if it was your post how would you feel!