June 18, 2008 08:54 ET

Canada Post: Are You Planning to Move Soon or Going to Be Away for Some Time? Don't Become a Statistic!

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 18, 2008) - It is well known that the months of June and July are the period of moves and trips for people in Quebec. Leases are up, school is out, summer vacation is here and so is the nice weather: all these things add up to the right time for major projects.

But watch out! You don't want to inadvertently become a victim of identity theft. Thieves are always on the lookout for easy ways to steal your identity for criminal purposes (social insurance and credit card numbers, date of birth, banking information). So be careful and protect your mail-it could contain important information coveted by these thieves.

Here are some steps you can take to avoid becoming a victim of identity theft:

- If you plan to be away and you want to leave with peace of mind, go to your local post office or visit the Canada Post Web site at to fill out a Request to Hold Mail. For a minimal fee, Canada Post will keep your mail while you are away and deliver it to you when you come back. You may also have it picked up by a trustworthy neighbour.

- If you plan to move in the coming weeks or if you have already moved, make sure to take the necessary steps to have your mail forwarded to your new address. Go to your local post office or visit to fill out a Change of Address Notification (fees apply).

- If you receive mail that does not belong to you, write "not at this address or moved" on it, then drop it in a public mailbox (red) or in the slot for outbound mail in your community mailbox as soon as you can.

You can find more information on protecting your personal mail by visiting:

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