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USPS warns of 'package delivery' email scam

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Staff | May 23, 2014

The United States Post Office is warning residents about an email scam that appears to come from USPS regarding  missing a package delivery.

The email often includes a label with information about an attempted or intercepted package delivery, but opening the link or attachment installs a virus that can steal user names, passwords and personal financial information from a computer, according to a USPS press release.

Instead users should simply delete the message. The release noted that USPS is working to shut down the malicious program.
USPS also offers these tips on spotting scam emails:

• The text contains poor grammar or spelling errors.
• The email states immediate action must be taken or customer could face dire consequences.
• The email requests personal information under the guise of re-confirming information.
• The text from an “automated message system” states “Click on this link for details.”

Customers who have questions or wish to report a scam email should call 1-800-275-8777 or email spam@uspis.gov.



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