Beware of scam involving mail forwarding

There is a “legal” scam that should be stopped. When people want to have their mail forwarded, either temporarily or permanently, they look up the website to do it. The cost, if you use the U.S. Postal Service website, is $1.05.

If you are not sure of the website address, you look it up on Google or another search engine. All too often, the postal service website appears not first, but later on the list. Going into the other sites, too often there is no indication they are not the service’s site, but some other. Too often, the site doesn’t post the cost to use it. People are surprised to find they get billed anywhere from $10 to $40. The U.S. Postal Service can’t do anything about it, and it’s legal.

I feel that the site should indicate it isn’t the service’s site, and the cost of using the site should be posted in big bold letters.

The postal service website is www.usps.com. You can also get the form in a local post office if you ask for it.

KEN MITCHELL

Northville