While I was going through some old mail, I discovered that I received two returned letters which were addressed to the same individual. I don't know the individual. The two letters were dated about 1 month apart. The return address had my street address on it, but claimed that it was sent from "an agent of" some financial services company X.
I did not open the letters. Based on what I did see, my assumptions are as following:
- This is a debt collector who does not wish to reveal their true location.
- The debt collector does not understand the law, or understands it all-too-well, and wants to mask their physical location to protect themselves against a retaliation.
- The wrong return address was not printed on the letters by mistake. Since the entity sending the letters purports to be a services company, it sends a lot of them. If there was a mistake, it would have been fixed over the period of a full month.
My concern is that whoever is receiving the letters (unlike the ones which were returned to me as "undeliverable"), may be unstable and potentially dangerous.
I called the non-emergency police line and the dispatcher said they could not look up if there was any current investigation into the company mentioned on the return address. I still haven't opened the letters in case there is another law-enforcement entity which may wish to examine them.
Both "send" and "return" addresses are in the state of WA. Should I call the FBI's general line? It is, after all, Federal mail. Or is this perfectly legal and I should just return the letters to the post office?