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The United States Postal Service is warning postal customers (which is pretty much anyone in the world who has a mailbox) to be on the lookout for official-looking, but bogus, emails that claim the postal customer has received a package or owes online postage fees for a mailing that was sent with insufficient postage.
The emails go on to instruct the customer to either download and complete an attached form / print an attached postal label (DON’T DOWNLOAD THAT ATTACHMENT!) and/or click on a provided link to go to the USPS site to get more information and/or pay the fee (DON’T CLICK ON THAT LINK!). These types of emails, intended to trick consumers into willingly providing sensitive information, are known as “phishing” scams. From the USPIS site’s own SpamAlert announcement*:
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.
Other sites are reporting that the same scam is being run over the phone too. In that case the scammers call postal customers, pretending to be a representative of the U.S. Postal Service, and ask the customer to provide the same types of information the phishing emails are intended to collect.
*USPIS stands for United States Postal Inspection Service, which is a the federal law enforcement and security arm of the United States Postal Service
If you have reason to believe you really DO have an uncollected package waiting for you at the post office, go to the official U.S. Postal Service site to look up delivery status by tracking number, or call 800-ASK-USPS (800-275-8777) to talk to a customer service agent and ask if there is any record of an undelivered package with your name and address on it.
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Kindle/Fire Tech Tip of the Week: Sending Content To A Specific Kindle / Fire
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