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 spam@uspis.gov 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.