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Sep 30, 2016 8:08 PM

Mysterious envelope mail scam may go beyond Merrimack

MERRIMACK — Police are warning residents of a scam where criminals are tracking fraudulent credit cards to local mailboxes and then using them to rack up large bills.

Several reports have been made in the last few weeks where residents have received letters to their homes but the mail was addressed to a person that doesn't live there.

One man who didn't want NH1 News to use his last name said his home has received several of the letters. The situation became unusual when his 11 year old son answered the door and a man asked for the mail with his name on it. The boy handed it over and then reported the incident to his parents.

Police said earlier this we are responding to a frantic phone call from a woman who said a man had been banging on her front door demanding she turn over mail that had been sent to that address. She refused and while on the phone with police the man grabbed the mail and ran.

"There was a black male at her front door ringing the doorbell that progressed to him pounding on the door demanding his mail," said a Detective Scott Park said.

"The individual barged his way into the home and got the packages and got in his car and fled. We stopped him just a short distance away from home and made an arrest," Park said.

Charles A. Washington, 21, of New York, was charged with burglary and theft. He is being held on $25,000 cash bail and is scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 6.

Inside the suspicious letters were credit card or gift cards. Both are used to buy merchandise that is likely sold on the black market, Park said.

The activity is suspected to be part of a larger crime ring operating out of New York.

Police urge anyone who receives suspicious mail to give them a call. Park suspects that the scam has likely happened in other towns, many times without homeowners even knowing because the criminals are waiting by the mailboxes.

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