Scammers are disguising themselves as the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) and sending out bogus e-mails in order to access personal information.
The e-mails look authentic, claim to be from the USPS and contain information about an attempted delivery, intercepted package delivery or online postage charges.
The e-mail instructs you to click on a link, open an attachment or print a label. Clicking on the link can activate a virus, which can steal personal information such as usernames, passwords and financial account information, and result in identity theft, which could cause serious problems for years to come
USPS Corporate Information Security Officer Chuck McGann offers these tips on spotting bogus emails:
To view the official warning posted by the U.S. Postal Service, click here.
Connecticut Better Business Bureau recommends consumers simply delete the message and remember neither the USPS nor any other government agency will request personal information in an email.
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