USPS Cautions Consumers about Malware Laced Scam E-mails
USPS has urged consumers not to click on electronic mails, which appear like being sent from it, published manhattanbeach.patch.com dated March 30, 2012. Actually there've been reports from USPS consumers about electronic mails they got from the postal service regarding an intercepted alternatively attempted parcel handover.
A sample e-mail addressing recipients as "Dear Client," states that it's certain confirmation in connection with their order of three Internet-based merchandize tag(s) with postage. USPS has decided to charge particular sums from the user, which are related to the Transaction No -#1148147; Print Date/Time -03/16/2012 02:30 PM CST; Postage Value -$28.32; and Credit Card No. -XXXX XXXX XXXX.
To know more, the user may visit www.usps.com/clicknship followed with visiting his 'Shipping History' alternatively the 'Frequently Asked Questions' section of USPS, the message states.
Additionally, the message informs that the reader can get the reimbursement of his unused postage tags during the 14-days from date-of-issue via accessing his Click-N-Ship Account.
Finally, expressing gratitude for selecting USPS, the e-mail tells the reader that the Internet Shipping Solution through Click-N-Ship has now improved USPS' Internet merchandize.
However, officials from USPS said that anyone clicking on the web-link provided inside the fake electronic mail will get a PC-malware that'll capture personal information from his system.
Therefore, USPS clients must just erase the e-mail, they advised. Meanwhile, the officials added that USPS' PIS (Postal Inspection Service) had set on striving hard for finding a solution to the problem while also disable the malware.
Furthermore, anyone with any query regarding an e-mail they doubt isn't from USPS alternatively want reporting spam is recommended to forward that e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org of the PIS.
Besides, USPS suggests some more tips with which customers can detect scam e-mails. First, there'll be spelling mistakes and weak grammar in the text; second, there'll be urgent action advised within a specified span of time, similar as in the above-stated case.
Finally, a similar bogus e-mail aimed at USPS clients during November 2011 that displaying the header, "USPS Delivery Failure Notification," directed recipients for following a given web-link to know the day they'll get their delivery.
Related article: USPS Name Abused within Craftily Created Spam Campaign
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