SCAM ALERT: USPS Fake Email

By: WHSV Newsroom
By: WHSV Newsroom

Virginia The United States Postal Service, and Better Business Bureau want people to know about a scam going around, involving a delivery notification.

The BBB reports people say they got an e-mail about how the post office could not deliver a package. The e-mail asks people to download a confirmation slip and bring it to the post office. However when you download the attachment, it is really a virus which can get your personal information.

Below are the following tips the BB says you can do to protect yourself:

- Don't believe what you see. Scammers make emails appear to come from a reputable source. Just because it looks like an "@usps.com" address does not mean it's safe.

- Be wary of unexpected emails that contain links or attachments. As always, do not click on links or open the files in unfamiliar emails.

- Beware of pop-ups. Some pop-ups are designed to look like they've originated from your computer. If you see a pop-up that looks like an anti-virus software but warns of a problem that needs to be fixed with an extreme level of urgency, it may be a scam.

- Watch for poor grammar and spelling. Scam emails often are riddled with typos.

- Immediate action is necessary. Scam emails try to get you to act before you think by creating a sense of urgency. Don't fall for it.


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