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FBI Advisory

If you receive a suspicious letter or package what should you do?

  • Handle with care-do not shake or bump
  • Isolate the letter or package and look for indicators:
    • No return address
    • Restrictive markings
    • Possibly mailed from a foreign country
    • Excessive postage
    • Misspelled words
    • Addressed to title only or incorrect title
    • Badly typed or written
    • Protruding wires
    • Lopsided or uneven
    • Rigid or bulky
    • Strange odor
    • Wrong title with name
    • Oily stains, discolorations, or crystallization on wrapper
    • Excessive tape or string
  • Do not open, smell or taste
  • Treat it as suspect! Call 911.

If parcel is open and/or a threat is identified...

  • For a bomb: Evacuate immediately and call 911.
  • For Radiological: Limit exposure—DO NOT HANDLE—distance yourselves (evacuate the area) and call 911
  • For Biological or Chemical: Isolate the package or letter—DO NOT HANDLE—call 911-shield yourself from the object, wash your hands with soap and water. DPS will contact the FBI.

Download FBI Advisory: If you receive a suspicious letter or package what should you do? (930Kb pdf)


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