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What kinds of letters are sent certified?
Posted by: Black
Date: July 29, 2009 06:42PM
I received a notice that delivery of a certified letter was attempted.
I have no way until Friday to get to the post office . . . not really expecting anything. All I can think of is something legal (not expecting anything at all . . .)--
What's the last unexpected letter you received "certified?"




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Re: What kinds of letters are sent certified?
Posted by: M>B>
Date: July 29, 2009 06:47PM
You will find out Friday? Could be a jury duty notice, a summons to appear in court, that check you have been expecting from Nigeria or just about anything.
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Re: What kinds of letters are sent certified?
Posted by: Jimmypoo
Date: July 29, 2009 06:58PM
Usually certified letters are sent certified. That's been my experience.


btw... certified is just legal proof that the letter was sent. Could be for collection too. Notice to vacate, etc.
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Re: What kinds of letters are sent certified?
Posted by: Z
Date: July 29, 2009 07:00PM
I'd be in no rush to pick it up. They'll try again if it's important.
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Re: What kinds of letters are sent certified?
Posted by: Black
Date: July 29, 2009 07:02PM
Collection: Nope, nothing.
Notice to vacate: Own, never a late mortgage payment.

Court and jury summons-- have received my share, never sent certified.

Check from Nigeria-- that would be a best-case scenario.




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Re: What kinds of letters are sent certified?
Posted by: wurm
Date: July 29, 2009 07:09PM
Something from a tenant who needs to prove (s)he sent something to you "for the record", perhaps?
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Re: What kinds of letters are sent certified?
Posted by: AlphaDog
Date: July 29, 2009 07:17PM
Well, at least we know it's not the Reader's Digest million dollar giveaway - they come in person. smiling smiley

Now that I think about this seriously, the neighbor did receive a certified letter a few months ago. As it turned out, it was an error, but they were putting her on notice that a contractor's lien had been placed against her property. You haven't done business with any weird contractors have you? In the case of my neighbor, the lien was actually being placed against another house on the block. The contractor they had hired to replace the windows had taken the customer's money but had not paid for the windows.
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Re: What kinds of letters are sent certified?
Posted by: GGD
Date: July 29, 2009 07:19PM
Are you having any construction or other work done? Construction lien notices are often sent certified.

Generally certified letters are not bring good news.
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Re: What kinds of letters are sent certified?
Posted by: clay
Date: July 29, 2009 07:48PM
I'll occasionally get certified mail when someone is sending me money or payment for something. I also have received some ebay purchases (prepaid calling cards) via certified mail. It's kind of inconvenient, but for something that may be valuable or important, it's probably the best way.
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Re: What kinds of letters are sent certified?
Posted by: Jack D.
Date: July 29, 2009 08:06PM
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Re: What kinds of letters are sent certified?
Posted by: lafinfil
Date: July 29, 2009 08:10PM
I have received certified letters when a neighbor was asking for a zoning variance. Because of the
proximity of the property (a set number of feet) I was considered an affected party and had no be
notified of the zoning hearing.



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Re: What kinds of letters are sent certified?
Posted by: John B.
Date: July 29, 2009 08:39PM
I've gotten a couple of gift-card type things (that could have been cancelled by the issuer if they didn't arrive) via Certified Mail with return receipt. Those have been the only "good things".

I generate a fair number of outgoing ones as part of a state statute-defined lien process. I get one every year from the county property appraiser's office as part of their request for business income data to establish the taxable value of my commercial property. I just got one from AT&T's yellow pages division last week as part of their last-ditch attempt to get me to renew my advertising with them for another year...the accompanying letter was so arrogant/insulting in tone that I made sure I sent them a negative reply the same day, certified.
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Re: What kinds of letters are sent certified?
Posted by: PeterB
Date: July 29, 2009 08:52PM
I have occasionally gotten stuff certified when I've bought things off ebay, especially if it's coming from a foreign country...




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Re: What kinds of letters are sent certified?
Posted by: space-time
Date: July 29, 2009 09:43PM
INS. your green card has been cancelled.
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Re: What kinds of letters are sent certified?
Posted by: Michael
Date: July 29, 2009 09:46PM
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PeterB
I have occasionally gotten stuff certified when I've bought things off ebay, especially if it's coming from a foreign country...

Yep--that's the most common reason for me. I find it irritating to have to go to the post office to sign for a $2 ipod accessory. I rarely buy from China on eBay for that reason.
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Re: What kinds of letters are sent certified?
Posted by: PeterB
Date: July 29, 2009 09:50PM
Yeah, I just got something from Hong Kong sent that way. Very annoying, because my hours and those of the PO aren't really compatible. On the flip side, Hong Kong has some really beautiful stamps! tongue sticking out smiley




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Re: What kinds of letters are sent certified?
Posted by: Kate
Date: July 29, 2009 10:40PM
Unless things have changed in the last 5 years, during my 37 years of hell (working for the USPS) certified mail was only domestic. If you needed the service to or from a foreign country, it was registered.

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Re: What kinds of letters are sent certified?
Posted by: Black
Date: July 29, 2009 11:20PM
One crazy window contractor, last year. He has not the slightest case against me.

No outstanding merchandise orders I can recall.

One stupid $10 gift card-- Asus modem rebate. That would be a fittingly annoying conclusion to an annoying experience.

Former tenants-- nothing due me, nothing due them.

Current tenants-- either close friends or folks that don't even open and read their own mail, let alone send it to others.

IRS-- possible; wouldn't I get some sort of non-certified contact first?

Zoning variance/hearing notice- have received those non-certified before.




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Re: What kinds of letters are sent certified?
Posted by: PeterB
Date: July 29, 2009 11:30PM
Kate, you may be right -- I can't remember if it was registered or certified.




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Re: What kinds of letters are sent certified?
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: July 30, 2009 01:13AM
Certified mail is used for legal documentation.

IRS uses it, and in my-um-experience, they have sent letters via "regular" mail, not certified. Don't ask me how I know.

While they're generally not good news, they may not be bad.

More importantly, you could ask for redelivery if you're going to be home when your carrier comes 'round. Or you could leave the notice signed in your mailbox and the carrier could leave it. If there is a return receipt attached, then no, you have to be there.

Nigeria would be sending it Registered, not Certified. The want to make sure you get your $3million.

Maybe it's a relative sending you a check for your birthday.



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Re: What kinds of letters are sent certified?
Posted by: Ken Sp.
Date: July 30, 2009 02:14AM
Sometimes the Origin Zip code is listed---that might provide a clue
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Re: What kinds of letters are sent certified?
Posted by: Black
Date: July 30, 2009 02:25AM
Thanks, folks.
IRS-- guess I could live with that. It's some crazy lawsuit I don't need in my life.
You can bet I would have been all over the zip code had it been listed.




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Re: What kinds of letters are sent certified?
Posted by: Speedy
Date: July 30, 2009 04:10AM
You still have time to move.



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Re: What kinds of letters are sent certified?
Posted by: billb
Date: July 30, 2009 07:27AM
I got a certified, must sign for letter from my insurance company with an overpayment check enclosed several years ago.
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Re: What kinds of letters are sent certified?
Posted by: Lux Interior
Date: July 30, 2009 07:45AM
I received a notice of a rent increase & request to retroactively pay up.
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Re: What kinds of letters are sent certified?
Posted by: wurm
Date: July 30, 2009 11:48AM
I hope you realize we'll be expecting a post with an explanation of what it was, tomorrow.
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Re: What kinds of letters are sent certified?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: July 30, 2009 12:47PM
. . .a 'head shrinker' can get you certified too.....into a room with rubber walls. . .



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Re: What kinds of letters are sent certified?
Posted by: MysteryGuest
Date: July 30, 2009 03:25PM
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wurm
I hope you realize we'll be expecting a post with an explanation of what it was, tomorrow.

Heh, inquiring minds want to know.
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Re: What kinds of letters are sent certified?
Posted by: threeprong
Date: July 30, 2009 03:47PM
Settlement from class action suit was once sent this way...
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Re: What kinds of letters are sent certified?
Posted by: decocritter
Date: July 30, 2009 11:44PM
IRS will use it for really bad news like audits and if you don't respond to regular letters, and for simple things like 4 pages of, The IRS is not giving your overpayment of taxes back, do you want to appeal?
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