Police searching for suspects who targeted more than 70 victims with mail fraud

ODESSA -- Local law enforcement agencies are on the search for two suspects who allegedly targeted more than 70 people with mail fraud.

Welken Alexandre and Telfort Ferlin. (Photos: Odessa Police Department)

Welken Alexandre and Telfort Ferlin have warrants out for their arrest for Fraudulent Use or Possession of Identifying Information - 50 or More, a 1st Degree Felony, and Fraud, a State Jail Felony.

According to the Odessa Police Department, the warrants come following a joint investigating involving their department, the Midland Police Department, the Lubbock Police Department and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service into mail fraud.

The investigation found a total of 77 victims had been targeted, 72 of whom live in Texas and 67 of whom are over the age of 50.

Police say that 45 of the victims had their mail forwarded to vacant addresses in Midland and Odessa between May 21, 2018 and August 24, 2018 without their consent.

The investigation eventually identified the suspects involved as Alexandre and Ferlin.

Anyone with information on their whereabouts is asked to call the Odessa Police Department or Odessa Crime Stoppers at 432-333-TIPS.

TIPS ON PREVENTING MAIL FRAUD:

1) Install a locked mailbox to prevent mail theft.

2) Deposit outgoing mail at a Post Office or a blue U.S. Postal Service collection box, or give it directly to your mail carrier.

3) Shred all preapproved credit card applications, loan applications, voided checks, and bank statements before throwing them in the trash.

4) Monitor your credit, all credit card statements, and bank statements on a regular basis.

5) If your wallet or personal identification has been stolen, contact all of your credit card companies, your bank, and all three major credit bureaus and ask them to place a fraud alert on your credit report.

If you have been a victim of mail fraud, please contact OPD and report it to the United States Postal Inspection Service by going to http://postalinspectors.uspis.gov. If you have been a victim of identity theft, please contact OPD and report it to the Federal Trade Commission by going to www.consumer.gov/idtheft.