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Fake USPS emails aim to get consumers' personal information

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The Better Business Bureau is warning consumers of emails purporting to be from the United States Postal Service, but are instead vehicles for scammers to get personal information.

The fake emails claim to have information on an attempted or intercepted package delivery or online postage charges. If they're opened, they instruct consumers to click on a link, open an attachment, or print a label. However, clicking the link can activate a virus that steals personal information like usernames, passwords, and financial accounts.

The BBB suggests simply deleting the emails or reporting them as spam by forwarding them to abuse@usps.gov.

The USPS offers the following tips to check if the emails are fake:

  • Poor grammar or spelling errors
  • Statements requiring immediate action
  • Requests for personal information under the guise of re-confirming information
  • The phrases "automated message system" and "click on this link for details"

To find out more, visit www.bbb.org.

 

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