Protected and Secured?

You receive a mailing. Snail mail. Addressed to you. It looks official.

The upper left hand corner reads:

PROTECTED AND SECURED
PER CURIUM DOCUMENT ENCLOSED
RECEIPT MUST BE AUTHENTICATED

You open the envelope. The letterhead – with a picture of the U.S. Capitol dome – reads:

United States
Investigative Unit

OMG, you’re being investigated by the United States Federal Government!

You’re 80 years old and scared. You call a friend who knows something about the law. The friend is not scared. He looks at the bottom of the stationery which reads in small light colored font:

 

Project of Policy Issues Institute. Not affiliated with the federal government
5405 Alton Pkwy, Suite 5A #369 Irvine CA 92604
http://www.policyissuesinstitute.com (202) 558-6491

The enclosed letter and URGENT RESPONSE form asking for money “to support the fight to impeach Barack Obama” is to be returned to a different address:

UNITED STATES INVESTIGATIVE UNIT, a
Project of PII, P.O. Box 96444,
Washington, D.C. 20090-6444

Your friend assures you this is a hoax. He does a google search. He finds a blog that exposes the details of the work of the Policy Issues Institute.

To be PROTECTED AND SECURED against the United States Investigative Unit, click Drowning in Junk Mail – How to Opt-out of Junk Mail from Policy Issues Institute (PII) and to learn more about the meaning of sinister.

  • Gordon C. Stewart, Chaska, MN, Jan. 29, 2016

 

 

 

 

4 thoughts on “Protected and Secured?

  1. Whew! Glad you posted this. I might — well, maybe not fall for it, maybe — but I’d probably waste a lot of worry and time deciding it was junk.
    Here is my attempt to save you and your readers worry and time. A few days ago I got a phone message that I should contact the U.S. Department of the Treasury re some serious mistakes in my 2012 federal taxes. Well, I wasted time and a phone call during which I was informed that the mistakes, back taxes, interest, and penalties amounted to over $5000. Fortunately, whoever was scamming me seriously overreached at that point. And I have a very good tax preparer who doesn’t make mistakes that big anyway. I was in the process of telling him I didn’t believe him, and if he was for real to send me this information in the U.S. Post. While I was repeating this, BJ came in and said I should just hang up, because, and here is the time and worry saving line, neither the U.S. Treasury nor the IRS contacts people by phone. They both send mail. So just say, as politely as possible, “Sorry, you are lying to me. Goodbye.” And hang up.

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      • A nice twist on Miss Manlove’s name, Gordon. At this point in my life I feel no animus against her (as opposed to Miss Campbell, whom you didn’t know — she taught Home Ec. — and for whom I still cherish intense dislike founded in wretched memories). But in 9th grade I not only didn’t love Miss Man’love’, I didn’t even ‘like’ her. I suspect even now she would not be my cup of tea (rhyme accidental), but I doubt I would strongly dislike her.

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      • Oops! Spellcheck strikes again! Pretty funny how the name came out of spellcheck! I remember Bobby Hetsmansburger (sp?) and I think Bobby Gilmor feeding Ex-Lax to Miss what’s her name’s dog in car. Poor dog! Poor Mrs. Manlove!

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