Crime Prevention and Consumer Education

The Postal Inspection Service, comprising Postal Inspectors, uniformed Postal Police Officers, contract security providers and a cadre of professional, technical and administrative employees, helps ensure the safety and security of all employees as they serve the American public in every neighborhood across the country.

Fraud schemes continue to be a major concern, targeting the elderly and the young, the rich and the poor. Fraudsters have no regard for the age or socio-economic status of their victims. Technological innovation has extended the reach of these criminals who know no boundaries and makes law enforcement and prosecution efforts more difficult. Identity theft claims thousands of American victims each year, while businesses and consumers suffer millions of dollars in losses and untold amounts of frustration and misery recovering from these scams. In response, the Postal Inspection Service has developed a unique approach to consumer crime prevention: the Consumer Alert News Network (CANN). Now in its third year, this original news series exposes fraud, identity theft and cyber scams. Developed in partnership with Litton News Source, CANN helps educate consumers on prevention measures to avoid crimes including bogus job offers, sweepstakes swindles, foreign lottery fraud and charity scams. Each episode is presented by the inspectors who investigated the crime and the consumers who were victimized. Since its launch in September 2012, more than 430 episodes have been distributed to nearly 120 television stations across the nation — representing a potential 3.8 million viewers. The goal is simple: help consumers preserve their health, welfare and financial well-being.