When a consumer or business employee clicks on the file, they find it is not a mail receipt notice after all, but a computer virus.
The spammers’ goal is to get as many email recipients as possible to click on the link within the email which redirects to a website infected with malware. If anyone clicks on the link within these emails, their computer is likely to be infected.
The criminals then use that malware to transfer money out of bank accounts or obtain additional email addresses.
Like many large and reputable organization, financial institutions and government agencies, USPS’ visibility and reputation makes an ideal vehicle for scammers.
Other trustworthy businesses and government agencies having suffered similar scams include Wal-Mart, Wells Fargo Bank, Western Union and even the Internal Revenue Service and FBI.
Like all scams, this one has many variations. Victims have also reported receiving phone calls claiming to alert them about an undelivered package. Scammers then phish for personal and banking information by trying to con the person answering the call into giving it to them.
BBB offers the following tips to avoid this and similar scams:
Start with Trust®. Check with the BBB before doing business. BBB works for a trustworthy marketplace by maintaining standards for truthful advertising, investigating and exposing fraud against consumers and businesses.
BBB of Acadiana services the parishes of Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Martin, St. Landry and Vermilion.