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Is It Illegal To Open Someone Else's Mail?  
User currently offlineMr Spaceman From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 2787 posts, RR: 9
Posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 16749 times:

Hello out there. Big grin

For the past few months, I've received someone elses mail a few times a week. It's for a Mr Chung and a Mrs Long. I'm not oriental or asian.

Anyhow, today I got fed up and instead of leaving it for the postman (marked wrong address), I opened it. It's an electricity bill from the company Enbridge for the amount of $751.37. I phoned them to let them know that if they continue to send this guys bill to my address that they'll never get their money!  Laugh out loud

The electrical service is for an address about 6 miles from my home, but, the mailing address is for my home (with the wrong postal code). I've lived at my home now for 7 1/2 years.

Anyhow, apparently the law of the land here in Canada is such that you are legally allowed to open any mail that the postman puts in your mailbox. You have the right to open it.

So, how about you. Do you open mail that you find in your mailbox that's not yours or leave it for the postman? Honestly, have you ever opened someone else's mail out of curiosity? I have.  Insane

Is it legal or illegal to open someone else's mail where you live?

Chris  Smile


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User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 52
Reply 1, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 16681 times:

Illegal in the US? Maybe, Im not sure. Immoral and unethical? HECK YES! No reason to be poking around in someone else's business...

Greg



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User currently offline777236ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 16647 times:

I'm sure "terror laws" give the government right to open your mail, so go ahead.

User currently offlineVaporlock From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 16626 times:

Mr. Spaceman....dunno.....but hey if you've marked it to be returned on several times and the postal service is not returning it....then go for it!

You mentioned that you were not Mr. Chung or Mrs. Long....so I guess they just keep getting the Wong address.  Innocent

Phyllis  Smile/happy/getting dizzy


User currently offlineFoxBravo From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 2997 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 16621 times:

Yes, in the U.S. it is illegal. A federal offense, in fact.

Vaporlock, that was absolutely awful. But it definitely cracked a smile.  Smile



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User currently offlineSyncmaster From United States of America, joined Jul 2002, 2032 posts, RR: 10
Reply 5, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 16602 times:
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VERY VERY Illegal. And as FoxBravo said, it is a Federal Offense.

User currently offlineIMisspiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6293 posts, RR: 33
Reply 6, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 16551 times:

It is not a crime to open any mail sent to your address in the US, no matter what name is on it. It is a crime to open another persons mailbox and remove mail though.


Damn, this website is getting worse daily.
User currently offlineFritzi From United Arab Emirates, joined Jun 2001, 2762 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 16544 times:

Is it illegal if you only remove the mailbox and leave the mail on the ground?  Nuts
 Big grin


User currently offlineIMisspiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6293 posts, RR: 33
Reply 8, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 16524 times:

That's a great one Fritzi. Are you my buddy Rob by chance?


Damn, this website is getting worse daily.
User currently offlineAWspicious From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 16494 times:

"Anyhow, apparently the law of the land here in Canada is such that you are legally allowed to open any mail that the postman puts in your mailbox. You have the right to open it."

I was not aware of this... And now, it makes me uncomfortable to know (Thinking of some of the cretins I left behind at my former residence).


User currently offlineGreg From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (10 years 8 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 16464 times:

only if you get caught

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