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Is mailing from a fake address legal?

I know it is legal to send mail without a return address, but is it legal to mail with someone else's address? When I went to the post office the label machine did not have an option for "No ...
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Is it against the law to use someone else's address for a work from home position? How does it affect taxes?

Suppose that a work from home position includes as one of its requirements that the employee live in Kansas. someone (lets call the person A for applicant) lives in Missouri, but has a relative (B) ...
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Sending mail to an inmate (USA)

I would like to send a letter to a childhood friend who has ended up in prison. He is turning 30 in a few days. His sentence is 18 years and he's served about 3, I think. I have discussed this with ...
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Is it illegal for a mailperson to throw away mail addressed to current resident?

I recently labeled my mailbox with my name and asked my mail carrier not to deliver mail addressed to other people at my address (I live alone). I would also like to request my mail carrier not ...
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Camera to monitor mailbox

A community has a row of mailboxes, as opposed to a mailbox at each address. This is common in the rural USA. Since the covid-19 pandemic, people occasionally drive by and steal the mail. Several ...
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Can a landlord submit a change-of-address on behalf of a former renter who refuses to do so?

My family owns a condo, and I recently moved in. The previous tenant refuses to have his mail forwarded because, as he says, "I don't want the junk mail, and everything important is forwarded ...
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DMCA for postal services?

Does DMCA apply for postal companies from delivering copyright infringed material? If yes there seems to be no form to file one in case I get information of someone doing so.
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What law is broken if a family member disposes of a filled absentee ballot?

Location: US, your choice of state if it matters (as this is a hypothetical situation, answers under any state/federal law are acceptable) The hypothetical situation: a family member has legally ...
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Is it legal to send encrypted messages via a post card?

In German law, is it legal to send an encrypted message via a post card? E.g. encrypt a message text on a computer with RSA and print the Base64 hash on the post card and send it. Or is it a ...
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Is it legal to mail a non-explosive “glitter bomb” to myself to dissuade a mail carrier from tampering with my packages?

Every single package my mail main delivers is ripped open. Once, I ordered stamps on line. The mailer was ripped open & the stamps gone. Paperwork still there though. He claimed it got ripped in ...
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Is it legal for the USPS to forward a ballot in Washington state?

I live in King County in Washington state, where my son (who is temporarily away at college in another state) is registered to vote in the 2020 election. My address is his permanent residence. ...
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Are these unsolicited seed packages illegal?

I recently came across an article with the headline "Some mystery seeds illegally sent from China identified." It struck me as odd because obviously sending unsolicited junk mail isn't ...
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Is it illegal to send mail through the US Postal Service with a missing or fake return address?

Is this illegal: Let's say someone wants to send a letter to a recipient. But if the sender were to put the correct return address and name on the letter that it likely will be thrown away by the ...
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Who is responsible for packages wrongfully delivered to one's address?

Re: a thread discussing legal obligations for a package wrongfully delivered to one's address: ...it comes down to whom it is addressed to. As long as the merchandise is addressed to you, you may ...
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Mail for Nonexistent Person? [duplicate]

Suppose I receive a piece of mail addressed to my house with my last name, but with a first name I have never heard of. (I don’t know anyone with that name.) It's from an organization I do have a ...
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Buying a property, neighbor across the st is using the property's address

I own a house, and am currently thinking about buying the vacant lot next to mine to ensure that no one builds on it (beautiful view). While talking with the seller they mentioned that the neighbor ...
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Is it illegal to throw away the previous tenant's mail?

Say I move into an apartment. And over the next months and years, I keep receiving mail for the previous tenant, whom I do not know. This is understandably annoying. The easiest and most convenient ...
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Is it illegal to throw away the previous tenant's standard mail?

Is it illegal to recycle standard mail addressed to, presumably, a previous tenant of an apartment? Context: I have received the mail for someone who I assume is a previous tenant of the apartment I ...
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Is it *ever* illegal to intentionally put a wrong return address on demand letters?

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 ...
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At what point do you become culpable for the content of packages addressed to you in the mail?

If someone was to address and mail a package to me that included something that was prohibited where I live either because I requested it or alternatively because they decided to for some reason ...
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Are U.S. mailboxes federal property?

A common claim seems to be that mailboxes in the United States are federal property (example, example, example). (To be clear, some mailboxes are owned and maintained by the USPS, typically cluster ...
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Sending dried fruits to Australia through courier

I have sent 1kg of dried fruits as a gift to a friend from New Zealand to Australia. I DECLARED them in customs form when sending parcel through New Zealand post. But now some one now tells me that ...
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Can a company be both an airplane manufacturer and an airline?

It may be advantageous for a company that manufactures its own aircraft to also be an airline. For example, the airline business would likely have reduced maintenance and parts costs relative to other ...
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What is the proper way of handling non-USPS packages for long-gone tenants?

I moved into a rental home around 2 years ago immediately on the heels of a previous tenant. I experienced the usual "mail overlap" period of a few weeks, during which I was happy to pass letters &...
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Tenant's Son Living on property

Have a tenant who moved son in with them without asking permission. Son not on lease. Has been living there for about 3 months before this was discovered. Asked tenant to move son out. Asked tenant ...
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Email vs certified mail

Florida HOAs are required to provide access to "written" request for HOA recrods. The link states: Florida Statue 720.303 (5) states that official records must be maintained within the state ...
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Liabilities of countries as members of the Universal Postal Union

Bob, in country A, sends Alice, living in country B (one of the most corrupt countries in the world) a gift by air mail: some non-prohibited good stuff of a total weight 10 kg which will make Alice ...
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Does signing for someone else's letter containing a fine make the original recipient liable to the contents of the letter?

I am a UK resident and during a road-trip I made to Italy I (unknowingly) went to a restricted road which I was not allowed to go in. This apparently resulted in me being liable for a fine. However I ...
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Is it illegal for me to take my mail out of my neighbors mailbox

I ordered a package from Amazon and I was really happy about it. When I saw that my package hadn’t been delivered I was a bit upset, I called their customer service and the usps and found out that it ...
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Misdelivered merchandise — can you legally (if not morally) keep it?

The FTC says: If you receive merchandise that you didn’t order, you have a legal right to keep it as a free gift. However (for example) Maine's website says: A person is guilty of theft if the ...
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What good is certified mail for proof?

I frequently read that in important correspondence one should use certified mail. But what good is this, really? All sending a letter this way will show is that I sent a letter and it was received. ...
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Can a landlord use the delivery of U.S. mail as a method of surveillance?

This is an on-going struggle for me with the management of my apartment building. In the past, the manager has instructed the USPS mail carrier to return-to-sender my mail, because it was addressed ...
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Can mailed documents make time sensitive requirements without indicating a postage date?

A friend of mine recently received a court document that required action in a specific time frame (in this case, 10 days). However, as hard as she looked she was unable to find any postage date to ...
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Does filling U.S. postal service business reply envelopes with junk incur any legal peril?

Some companies that send junk mail include a "business reply" envelope. This allows the junk mail recipient to send a "reply" through U.S. mail at the originator's expense. In fact these business ...
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How to prove a party received a specific letter?

I signed up for a membership service with an HVAC company some time ago, and I've now decided its time to cancel my membership due to lack of use. There isn't a nearby customer center where I live, ...
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Can my apartment complex return packages to sender if they are not picked up?

I am living in California and I have received an email from my apartment complex manager that states that packages not picked up from the mailroom as of Friday will be marked return to sender. Is this ...
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Can I accept a food delivery addressed to my house?

Earlier today the local cookie delivery service knocked on my door with cookies that were already paid for that I did not order. The guy said it was addressed to my townhouse (eg 555 E Cardboard St)....
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Envelope stuffing job advertisements in usa

If an advertisement for a job stuffing envelopes is fraudulent(which i suspect will usually be the case), does that fraud fall under a mail fraud statute? Is that something that the post office is in ...
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What if someone put a non-lethal “bomb” im a package addressed to them to get back at a mail stealing thief

Already I know this is a bad idea. Someone keeps stealing my friends packages that were left on their doorstep. They had the bright idea of rigging a smoke bomb or itching powder bomb or something ...
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Is it legal to send someone a notorized legal document from an address that doesnt belong to them?

I have recently received a legal document from my ex wife from a address that does not belong to her, is this legal in the state of ny?
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Is there any legal standard that USPS first class mail doesn't qualify as legal proof of delivery?

I am currently in dispute/complaint working against Lexus over recall notice that never got delivered to me. At the same mailing address, I have received a recall notice couple years ago without any ...
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Can I take mail that is addressed to me from someone else's mailbox?

Today the United States Postal Service was supposed to deliver a package at my home. When I went to go get it this afternoon, the mail had not yet come. So, I waited a bit and then walked up the road ...
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Why use USPS to Deliver Demand Letter when email is available

A Florida HOA is in breach of contract: the next step is to send a 'demand' letter seeking actionable remedy. There is a history with HOA of using email: is there any compelling reason to send the ...
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If I poop in a box and mail it to someone, what charges could I face?

NOTE: I want to emphasize that I don't plan on actually doing this. I'm just curious about it because of the idea's sheer absurdity. "Why" is not within the scope of this question. Suppose that ...
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Is it illegal for a family member to withhold an adult's U.S. passport?

In March, my parents and I submitted our passport applications to take a trip. I received my passport at my home. And the Passport office states that my parent’s passports were delivered to their ...
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Who is legally responsible for my lost package?

I ordered a package through AliExpress a few months ago. It has since been lost, and it is impossible to get anyone to take any kind of responsibility. I ordered from AliExpress. Seller is ...
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Can an owner ban a person from a property when a contract is in place?

Recently I angered the owner of a UPS Store that I have a contract and service agreement with. He canceled my service agreement. He also declared I was banned from the property for life. The problem ...
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Throwing away ex-spouse's mail

Can a husband throw away his separated or divorced wife's mail?
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If I accidentally send a package to the wrong person, is it still my property?

Suppose the following were to happen. I've got a package on my desk. I am planning to send it to person A with intent to give them ownership of it. Instead, by mistake, I send it to person B. Is it ...
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How long am I supposed to keep previous tenant's packages

I live in Nevada, US. I moved into my house 4 months ago and have been receiving packages addressed to my old tenant ever since. The first package arrived about 2 weeks since I moved in (meaning ...