From: Mail Services

Although it’s extremely uncommon for Virginia Tech to receive suspicious mail, students and employees are encouraged to use caution when handling mail.

Things to look for when opening mail:

  • Powders (any color)
  • Soil
  • Sand
  • Liquids of any kind and color
  • Oily or soapy residues
  • Sticky or adhesive substances
  • Flakes
  • Crystals
  • Fibers

Suspicious mail may have the following:

  • Restrictive markings: "Personal", "Eyes Only", or "Special Delivery"
  • Handwritten or poorly typed addresses
  • Misspellings of common words
  • Excessive weight
  • Excessive security materials such as masking tape, string, etc.
  • Excessive postage
  • Mailed from foreign country
  • Addressed to title only or incorrect title
  • No return address or can't be verified as legitimate
  • Addressed to someone no longer with your organization
  • Protruding wires or aluminum foil
  • Rigid or bulky packaging
  • Oily stains, discolorations, odors
  • Lopsided or uneven envelope
  • Crystallization or powdery substances on wrapper
  • Ticking sound
  • Shows a city or state in the postmark that does not match return address
  • Damaged envelope or package

Individuals who receive a suspicious letter or package should:

  • Handle with care. Don't shake or bump.
  • Isolate it immediately.
  • Don't open, smell, touch, or taste.
  • Treat it as suspect.
  • Call the Virginia Tech Police Department immediately.

For more information, contact Ginny McCoy, associate director of mail services.

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