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    Anthrax & Biological Threats - Identifying Suspicious Letters or Packages

    Some characteristics of suspicious packages and letters include the following

    · Excessive postage
    · Handwritten or poorly typed addresses
    · Incorrect titles
    · Title, but no name
    · Misspellings of common words
    · Oily stains, discolorations or odor
    · No return address
    · Excessive weight
    · Lopsided or uneven envelope or packaging
    · Protruding wires or aluminum foil
    · Excessive security material such as masking tape, string, etc.
    · Visual distractions

    For more information please visit the Bomb Threat page.

    Mailroom Precautions
    If you work in a mailroom or receive a suspicious letter:
    · Wash your hands with antibacterial soap and warm water before and after handling the mail.
    · Disposable latex gloves may be appropriate, especially if you have open cuts or skin lesions on your hands.


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