Back in January, HSI posted a blog concerning an obscene and fraudulent letter falsely identified as sent by the American Safety & Health Institute (ASHI). This letter contains false information and grossly offensive language and has been received by a number of our ASHI customers and training centers.
While we wish we could report that this issue has been resolved and that the letters are no longer circulating, unfortunately, we can’t. The letter is still out there, and we understand how disturbing it can be to receive something so offensive in the mail.
Our conversations with the authorities have shown us how difficult it is to stop this sort of mail fraud. For example, see our blog post from January 22 for comments from an assistant district attorney in New York.
While we hope none of you reading this post today will receive this letter in your mailbox, we wanted to use today’s post as a reminder of what to do should you be the victim of this senseless mail fraud.
If you receive the letter, we strongly urge you NOT to open this piece of mail and to refuse to accept it (see our January 9 blog for a description of the envelope itself). To do so per USPS Mailing Standards, simply mark the envelope “Refused” and return it to your local post office within a reasonable time frame.
Should you inadvertently open the letter, we ask that you report the receipt of this unsolicited, obscene material as a mail-related crime. Bring the offensive material to your local post office and/or file an online mail fraud complaint with the Postal Inspection Service at https://postalinspectors.uspis.gov/contactUs/filecomplaint.aspx.
If we learn of any progress in this ongoing investigation, we will promptly share it with you.