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Received strange letter from the United States Postal Service..anyone else?

 
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In my mail today was a letter from the U.S.P.S. asking me to participate as a confidential reporter. I.B.M. is conducting the "mail measurement study" for them.

It talks about service performance with the goal to improve processing and mail delivery.

However.....if I agree to report for them I am supposed to "report the delivery of specific types of mail I receive".

I wonder if they are trying to improve service why they would want to know what type of mail I receive and when? Or, am I just being paranoid? LOL

As a thank you for participating I would have an opportunity to enroll in some sort of rewards program. There is a web address, Prospect I.D. and password for me to use if I decide to participate.

Also states that my participation will not be known by postal employees, only I.B.M. receives data from participants. So, are they trying to find the slacker mail carriers or what? And what does that have to with my magazine subscriptions and whatever else I may receive?

On the bottom:
"confidential material, nor for reproduction or general disclosure".

Wanted to add..it looks pretty legit. Website and phone numbers to call with any questions.

Last Edited by geminilion on 12/05/2012 01:45 PM
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Weird. Never heard of it. popcorn
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I wish they would refuse to deliver junk mail...I fucking hate it!
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I wish they would refuse to deliver junk mail...I fucking hate it!
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Me too...such a waste of money and resources! Especially this time of year. There's always piles and piles of it on a table in the entryway of my bldg.
..."The soul is dyed the color of its thoughts. Think only on those things that are in line with your principles and can bear the light of day. The content of your character is your choice. Day by day, what you choose, what you think, and what you do is who you become. Your integrity is your destiny ... it is the light that guides your way."
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could be a con of some sort, go to the post office and ask them about it, that would be the common sense thing to do at this point, it's called "being direct"
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could be a con of some sort, go to the post office and ask them about it, that would be the common sense thing to do at this point, it's called "being direct"
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That's what I thought initially but the website provided is the usps website. I just thought it was odd.....and I thought they were having such financial woes? It would seem they would have to shell out cash to send these letters to random people just to see if the postal worker is taking too long to deliver or whatever.
..."The soul is dyed the color of its thoughts. Think only on those things that are in line with your principles and can bear the light of day. The content of your character is your choice. Day by day, what you choose, what you think, and what you do is who you become. Your integrity is your destiny ... it is the light that guides your way."
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My first thought was:

surveillance on people in your neighborhood

then second thought was:

you're on a list

then finally:

Its to get people reeled in with something seemingly innocent, and then when they need more information on other people in your neighborhood (see thought number one above) they will ask a little more and a little more... and slowly people will drop off the pay roll so to speak -- the ones who remain are the real rats & moles.

The only way I could see this as being for legit budgeting etc purposes would be if they were trying to figure out, demographics-wise, what types of mail get sent out so that they could raise rates on different types of postage per region.

It wouldn't be impossible to retrieve this type of information from their databases -- but since its government it is probably all on mainframes still and I am *sure* its not pulled together in any sort of ODS or DWH anywhere... it could be done but would be a pita.

But yeah, surveillance. Rats & Moles.
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... got a letter like this about three months ago ...
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... threw it in the trash ...
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... if real ... they don't need MY HELP to do THEIR JOB! ...
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It'S JUST A VERSION OF MYSTERY SHOPPER, FFS.
They send you mail (leaflet or whatever), you contact them at delivery at your door, your reward..a gift token, usually coupons to spend at participating sales.
They gain an insight to their modus operandi.

Or did you think it was gonna be a bomb?
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I also received this same letter. If they had offered any kind of monetary compensation I would have considered doing it.

But just to be entered into some kind of "reward" possibility didn't entice me.

I threw the letter in the trash.
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12/05/2012 02:13 PM
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If you want to support the post office, take any envelope that has a postage paid on it (like the return envelopes in credit card offers) and put any piece of paper in it and mail it back. The USPS gets money, and spammers get what they deserve.
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How do I get on it? I want them to do somthing about my corrupt post office. I get critical mail a year late or not all, at times. They refuse to deliver packages. They return my mail and packages if my po box gets full from the junk mail they get paid to put in my box. Over the last 20 years I can not begin to tell how much it has cost me.
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could be a con of some sort, go to the post office and ask them about it, that would be the common sense thing to do at this point, it's called "being direct"
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 28385893


That's what I thought initially but the website provided is the usps website. I just thought it was odd.....and I thought they were having such financial woes? It would seem they would have to shell out cash to send these letters to random people just to see if the postal worker is taking too long to deliver or whatever.
 Quoting: geminilion


Seriously? Because any Joe Blow cannot just insert a website address? Go to the Post Office Dummy and ask.
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If you want to support the post office, take any envelope that has a postage paid on it (like the return envelopes in credit card offers) and put any piece of paper in it and mail it back. The USPS gets money, and spammers get what they deserve.
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Yes! My favorite mailing to do that with are those pesky Globe Life Insurance mailings. Irritating.
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... got a letter like this about three months ago ...
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... threw it in the trash ...
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... if real ... they don't need MY HELP to do THEIR JOB! ...
.
 Quoting: Wisconsin


Yeah....it's going into the trash here too.
..."The soul is dyed the color of its thoughts. Think only on those things that are in line with your principles and can bear the light of day. The content of your character is your choice. Day by day, what you choose, what you think, and what you do is who you become. Your integrity is your destiny ... it is the light that guides your way."
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could be a con of some sort, go to the post office and ask them about it, that would be the common sense thing to do at this point, it's called "being direct"
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 28385893


That's what I thought initially but the website provided is the usps website. I just thought it was odd.....and I thought they were having such financial woes? It would seem they would have to shell out cash to send these letters to random people just to see if the postal worker is taking too long to deliver or whatever.
 Quoting: geminilion


Seriously? Because any Joe Blow cannot just insert a website address? Go to the Post Office Dummy and ask.
 Quoting: ParallaxPam


If I was considering doing it don't you think I would? Just asked if anyone else had received the same letter so simmer down asshat.
..."The soul is dyed the color of its thoughts. Think only on those things that are in line with your principles and can bear the light of day. The content of your character is your choice. Day by day, what you choose, what you think, and what you do is who you become. Your integrity is your destiny ... it is the light that guides your way."
Heraclitus
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could be a con of some sort, go to the post office and ask them about it, that would be the common sense thing to do at this point, it's called "being direct"
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 28385893


That's what I thought initially but the website provided is the usps website. I just thought it was odd.....and I thought they were having such financial woes? It would seem they would have to shell out cash to send these letters to random people just to see if the postal worker is taking too long to deliver or whatever.
 Quoting: geminilion


Seriously? Because any Joe Blow cannot just insert a website address? Go to the Post Office Dummy and ask.
 Quoting: ParallaxPam


If I was considering doing it don't you think I would? Just asked if anyone else had received the same letter so simmer down asshat.
 Quoting: geminilion


Um...OK fellow ASSHAT...wouldn't you give a crap about what is going on since you bothered to pass this info on to us here at GLP to have taken the few minutes to ask the USPS about the validity of this letter?

F off DumbAss.
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That's what I thought initially but the website provided is the usps website. I just thought it was odd.....and I thought they were having such financial woes? It would seem they would have to shell out cash to send these letters to random people just to see if the postal worker is taking too long to deliver or whatever.
 Quoting: geminilion


Seriously? Because any Joe Blow cannot just insert a website address? Go to the Post Office Dummy and ask.
 Quoting: ParallaxPam


If I was considering doing it don't you think I would? Just asked if anyone else had received the same letter so simmer down asshat.
 Quoting: geminilion


Um...OK fellow ASSHAT...wouldn't you give a crap about what is going on since you bothered to pass this info on to us here at GLP to have taken the few minutes to ask the USPS about the validity of this letter?

F off DumbAss.
 Quoting: ParallaxPam
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That's what I thought initially but the website provided is the usps website. I just thought it was odd.....and I thought they were having such financial woes? It would seem they would have to shell out cash to send these letters to random people just to see if the postal worker is taking too long to deliver or whatever.
 Quoting: geminilion


Seriously? Because any Joe Blow cannot just insert a website address? Go to the Post Office Dummy and ask.
 Quoting: ParallaxPam


If I was considering doing it don't you think I would? Just asked if anyone else had received the same letter so simmer down asshat.
 Quoting: geminilion


Um...OK fellow ASSHAT...wouldn't you give a crap about what is going on since you bothered to pass this info on to us here at GLP to have taken the few minutes to ask the USPS about the validity of this letter?

F off DumbAss.
 Quoting: ParallaxPam

You're a real sweetheart....sorry your life is so bitter. I didn't merely pass it on...I asked if anyone had received it and what they thought. Learn how to read.

hf

Last Edited by geminilion on 12/05/2012 05:27 PM
..."The soul is dyed the color of its thoughts. Think only on those things that are in line with your principles and can bear the light of day. The content of your character is your choice. Day by day, what you choose, what you think, and what you do is who you become. Your integrity is your destiny ... it is the light that guides your way."
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