FastSRT8 wrote:Guys / Gals...
I know what you are saying BUT here is what boggles my mind...
THE address is brand new. We minted it as we built a new house. This address was never issued by the city so I know no one has ever 'lived' or used it.
As for opening his mail, I think it's grey. The name was ultra suspicious (maybe I'm stereotyping) and I would rather be proactive than have the law enforcement come knocking at my door!
As an attorney the best advice I can give you is based on this:
The address may be brand new, lets say it is 189 South Canuck Drive and you are the only person to live there. Yet, 3 miles away is 189 South Canuck Place which has existed for 50 years. Credit bureaus and issuers routinely use address verification services which could have messed this up and changed it as a minor mistake to your address.
Just because the name seems suspicious to you, does not mean that it is fraud. That is profiling and you should refrain from it.
There is no risk to you, as it is not YOUR name simply your address. Contact the postal service and have them notate that person X does not live at your address. They will refer that to anyone who attempts to send mail to your address.
Finally there is not any "grey" area concerning the opening of mail. It is quite illegal, let me put it to you in an example in the harshest sense. Lets say you have a child called John. John turns 18 and still resides at your residence, and one day you receive mail for John while he is at school. You open said mail, and are upset that he has obtained a credit card in his own name and are quite concerned for his financial future so you address this with John upon his return home.
John becomes quite upset and calls the RCMP for assistance. They would be able to arrest and prosecute you for a number of crimes...sending you to Kingston for a quite many number of years if you were to be convicted of them.
It doesn't matter who it is, simply mark it in the future as "Person does not reside at this residence, RTS" the postal service will handle the rest.