DO NOT place checks in your mailbox with the flag up for the mailman to pick up. Account holders of many financial institutions are experiencing checks being stolen from their mailboxes. The amounts and payees are changed and the checks are negotiated. Always drop your mail in a secured postal box or mail at the Post Office. Incoming mail can also be stolen allowing others to gain credit card or charge card information as well as other personal information. Invest in a residential mailbox that can be locked. Many home improvement stores sell them, and they can be purchased for around $50.00. Go to www.usps.com for more information.