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A Mailbox By Any Other Name. . .

The USPS loosens its rental mailbox designations.

This story appears in the January 2001 issue of

When the U.S. Postal Service issued its controversial Commercial Mail Receiving Agency (CMRA) regulations in March 1999 requiring the use of the PMB (postal mail box) notation on any letters sent to mailbox rental facilities, Stan Lewis knew it wouldn't last.

Many homebased-business owners rent mailboxes to take advantage of mail center services or to keep their residential addresses private, printing the facility's address and their rented box on their stationery and business cards as if it were their own address. The postal service, concerned that scam artists would use private mailbox addresses to dupe unsuspecting customers into believing they had a traditional office, created the PMB designation.

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