Watch Out for Bogus USPS Delivery Status Notification!

May 16, 2014

Watch Out for Bogus USPS Delivery Status Notification!

The Better Business Bureau of the Tri-Counties has been contacted by local residents regarding an email notice that they have received, supposedly from the US Postal Service.  The notice, pictured below is NOT authentic and if you click on the, “Print Shipping Label” icon, your computer may be infected with a virus.

Customers should simply delete the message and take no further action unless they choose to report the email as spam by contacting

The email scam is similar to a telemarketing scam uncovered by the Postal Inspection Service in which fraudsters masquerading as USPS employees were phoning residents and requesting birth dates and Social Security numbers as requirements for package delivery (Link, 10/31).

Corporate Information Security Officer Chuck McGann offers these tips on spotting bogus emails:

  • The text contains poor grammar or spelling errors.
  • The text 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 with questions about a delivery by the Postal Service should call 800-ASK-USPS.

According to BBB president Rick Copelan, “This situation again illustrates how important it is for consumers and business owners to always have your guard up and be suspicious of anything that is unfamiliar.” 

The BBB can be reached at,, or call us at 805-963-8657


Sample Bogus Email




Your parcel has arrived at May 7th, 2014. Courier was unable to deliver the parcel to you.

Print your label and show it in the nearest post office to get a parcel. 


Print Shipping Label



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