USPS officials are warning of fake email notifications attempting to phish for personal information.
Who Is It Targeting: Email users
What Is It: Individuals are receiving email notifications from scammers posing as the U.S. Postal Service stating a package was unable to be delivered to their residence. The fake notification instructs the recipient to click on a link within the email in order to “print a delivery label and pick up the package at their local post office.” Unfortunately, victims of this scam who clicked on the link expose their computer to a virus which steals personal information.
What Are They After: Personal Information, financial account information
How Can You Avoid It:
- The USPS does not send email notifications when they have a package for pick-up.
- Always check with the source directly to see if the email is legitimate. Contact your local post office by phone.
- Report the scam by forwarding the email to firstname.lastname@example.org and then delete the email.
If you think you may be a victim of identity theft, contact the Identity Theft Resource Center for toll-free, no-cost assistance at (888) 400-5530. Find more information about current scams and alerts here.
For full details of this scam check out this article from KCCI.