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Characteristics of Suspicious Packages

In line with increased safety measures at UCSD and in the United States, look at your mail carefully before you open it to guard against potential threats.

Characteristics of suspicious letters and packages:

  • Marked "Personal" or "Private," especially when delivered to a work address
  • Misspelled words or inaccurate addressee's name or title
  • Addressed to a person's title only
  • Distorted handwriting, homemade labels, or cut-and-paste lettering on the package address
  • Protruding wires, aluminum foil, oil stains, or peculiar odor
  • Fictitious or unfamiliar return address
  • Cancellation or postmark showing a different location from the return address
  • Excessive postage
  • Excessive weight
  • Rigid, irregular shape, soft spots, bulges
  • Lopsided or uneven envelope
  • Unprofessional wrapping with several kinds of tape or string
  • Warnings such as "Fragile," "Handle with care," or "Rush"
  • Sloshing sound
  • Ticking sound