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Beware of fraudulent USPS package alerts sent by e-mail

Consumer Reports News: April 20, 2012 05:08 PM

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Some postal customers are getting bogus e-mails about a package delivery or online postage charges that contain a link or attachment that, when opened, installs a virus that can steal personal information.

The fraudulent message claims to be from the U.S. Postal Service and misleadingly states that it has information about an attempted or intercepted package delivery or online postage charges. The scam e-mail instructs you to click on a link or open an attachment.

One of our staffers received this e-mail, and the message adds urgency to its pitch by stating that fees will be applied if our staffer does nothing:
"If the parcel isn't received within 30 working days our company will have the right to claim compensation from you for it's keeping in the amount of $14.73 for each day of keeping of it."

If this e-mail scam lands in your inbox do not reply or click on any links or attachments, and delete the message. On its website, the USPS writes that "The Postal Inspection Service is working hard to resolve the issue and shut down the malicious program."

For ID theft prevention tips, see our Guide to online security.

Source
Bogus E-mail Sent To Postal Customers [USPS]

Maggie Shader

   

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