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USPS' Postal Inspectors Warn of Fraud

THE USPS Postal Inspection Service is warning all customers to beware of email spam containing links to trojan horses, which when clicked on, install malicious programs on your computer. Because the wording of this con may include references to online postal charges, and since postage costs are a significant issue managed by our customers, we thought we should pass the warning on.

The entire text of the warning appears below:



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

The e-mails claim to be from the U.S. Postal Service and contain fraudulent information about an attempted or intercepted package delivery or online postage charges. You are instructed to click on a link, open the attachment, or print the label.

But Postal Inspectors warn: Don't do it!

Like most viruses sent by e-mail, clicking on the link or opening the attachment will activate a virus that can steal information—such as your user name, password, and financial account information.

What to do? Simply delete the message without taking any further action. The Postal Inspection Service is working hard to resolve the issue and shut down the malicious program.

If you have questions about a delivery or wish to report spam, please call 1-800-ASK-USPS or email spam@uspis.gov.


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