Email Virus Scam Gone Postal

May 11, 2012

By Darrin Clouse:

The U.S. Postal Service has recently reported that some customers are receiving bogus emails about a package delivery.

The subject line reads : “USPS Delivery Failure Notification,” and the message claims that the USPS has attempted to deliver a package.

To receive the package , customers are instructed to click on the link provided , but what they receive is a virus that collects personal information like usernames, passwords and financial records.

Adding insult to injury, there is no package waiting for them.

Scam Casts Wide Net

Since everyone in the country is a customer of the postal service, this new scam is more clever than previous ones. In the past, imposters would claim to be representatives from the customer’s bank or credit union, but if the recipient didn’t use that particular institution, the jig was up.

Steve Stebbins, with the Postal Inspection Service says, “Right now, our federal agents are working with the IT folks at the Postal Service in an attempt to track down the source of these scammers.”

What to do?

If you receive a questionable e-mail, either delete it immediately, or check with the Postal Service to make sure it’s authentic. There is also a toll-free number you can call (1-800-ASK-UPS)  , or you can email them at spam@uspis.gov to request assistance.

Most importantly, keep in mind that the internet is a swindler’s playground, and today’s technology makes it possible for anyone to re-create a company’s logo or design, and pose as a legitimate representative. So be careful, and always err on the side of caution, or else you might receive an unwanted special delivery.