Chase Banks in Colorado and Oklahoma were threatened on Monday with letters that contained a mysterious white powder substance, as reported by Reuters. One employee received treatment for a skin irritation after, but it was not confirmed that the issue was caused by contact with the powder or was pre-existing.
After testing, one envelope was found to have a non-harmful substance. Regardless, the banks as well as a supermarket location for one of the Chase branches were evacuated as an additional safety measure. After the discovery of the potentially hazardous mailings, the FBI and Postal Inspection Service were immediately called to respond. At the time of the report, information regarding letter contents or sender address information was unknown.
Chase Bank was recently in the news again for becoming the largest bank operating in the United States after their acquisition of Washington Mutual and other financial assets as a result of the current economic crisis’ affect on the banking system. A Chase bank spokesperson stated that information detailing the total number of banks affected would not be released until every letter was obtained.