On Tuesday, October 23, a pipe bomb was delivered to the mailbox of George Soros at his Westchester County, New York home. Additionally, U.S. Secret Service agents discovered an explosive device on the evening of October 23, addressed to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s Westchester County residence.
On Wednesday, October 24, the U.S. Secret Service intercepted another device addressed to the former First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, in Washington D.C. According to the U.S. Secret Service, the packages to Clinton and Obama were immediately identified as potential explosive devices during routine mail screening procedures and were appropriately handled as such. An additional fourth viable package has been discovered at CNN headquarters located at the Time Warner Building in New York City.
All of the devices were delivered in weighty large manila envelopes with the addresses in block type and the same number of American flag stamps.
What mail screening practices are in-place at your workplace? Would you know how to recognize a suspicious letter or package delivered to your office or home? T&M’s security consulting experts remind everyone to be vigilant and know the indicators of a suspect piece of mail – and what to do if you think you detect one.
Be wary of mail or packages that are unexpected or from an unknown sender. In addition, use extreme caution if the item has any of the following characteristics:
If a piece of mails demonstrates any of these signs, immediately:
For assistance developing your company’s mail screening procedures and protocols for responding to a suspected suspicious piece of mail or for awareness training for your staff, contact T&M’s security consulting experts for a complimentary consultation.