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Beware of Spam!

Bogus emails sent to postal customers

Published: Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

Some postal customers are receiving bogus emails about a package delivery or online postage charges.

The emails contain a link or attachment that, when opened, installs a malicious virus that can steal personal information from your PC.

The emails 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 email, 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 should you do if you receive such an email? Simply delete the message without taking any action.

The Postal Inspection Service is working to resolve the issue and shut down the malicious program.

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

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