Suspicious Letters & Packages

Common Characteristics of Suspicious Letters and Packages:

  • Excessive Postage (usually postage stamps)
  • Fictitious or No Return Address
  • Poorly Typed or Handwritten Address
  • Incorrect Titles
  • Titles but no names
  • Addressed to someone no longer with your organization or otherwise outdated
  • Misspellings of common words
  • Oily stains or discolorations
  • Excessive binding material: Masking, electric or strapping tape, string, or twine
  • Rigid, lopsided or uneven envelope
  • Protruding wires, screws or other metal parts
  • Restrictive endorsements: Confidential, Personal, To Be Opened By Addressee Only
  • Visual distractions: Fragile, Rush, Handle with Care

Procedures to follow in the event of a Suspicious Letter/Package

  1. Cover package and notify supervisor or Campus Police at 757-683-5660
  2. Vacate and secure area
  3. List all persons in immediate area