Identity thieves have found a new scam: putting a "vacation" hold on your mail and then picking it up from the post office without you ever knowing. Their goal is to obtain credit card offers sent to you, fill them out in your name, and then charge items and leave you with the bill.
Identity thieves targeted a California woman this way right before Christmas. Luckily, her letter carrier noticed that the mail hold was under a different name, and brought the woman her mail. A USPS postal inspector said that they have seen other instances of this type of identity theft recently. Cory James "New identity theft scheme: scammers use US Postal Service to steal information," abc30.com (Dec. 26, 2017).