USPS Cautions of Scam E-mails Regarding Missed Package Delivery
According to USPS (United States Postal Service), fake e-mails are reaching users' inboxes claiming as messages from it regarding parcels that couldn't be delivered, published swnews4u.com dated October 23, 2013.
It maybe noted that USPS, which has another name i.e. Post Office and U.S. Mail, works independently while being part of the American federal government. This agency functions as the provider of postal service across USA.
The scam e-mails likely to have untrue information regarding one intercepted alternatively tried parcel delivery shouldn't be opened, according to USPS, as there maybe web-links or attachments inside them which if viewed can load computer virus capable of filching personal info by infecting users' computers.
For raising an illusion of authenticity, there are also USPS' logo, so-called shipping numbers as well as delivery bar label inside the e-mails.
In a tone of concern over the current malevolent e-mail scam, Johnny O'Shea, Postmaster for Platteville (Wisconsin, USA) stated that the postal service aimed at maintaining safety of its customers. Recently, it had been having customers complain of getting e-mails that related to missed deliveries, he continued. Swnews4u.com published this dated October 23, 2013.
According to O'Shea, USPS was urging everyone deleting the e-mails and do nothing more with them. Meanwhile, the Inspection department of the United States Postal Service was doing everything necessary for correcting the problem as well as deactivate the malware, he added.
He further added that anyone unsure of any e-mail coming to him can safely erase it, else call the United States Postal Inspection Service.
As for the USPS itself, it states the agency won't ever dispatch e-mails to people regarding package deliveries.
Disturbingly, similar lures through package delivery e-mails have been commonly utilized within assaults, which misappropriated names of FedEx, DHL, UPS or other likewise businesses.
It's advisable that users forever exercise caution while handling electronic mail attachments no matter whether they come from trustworthy senders similar as the USPS referred to above. It would also be good to scan files with appropriate software for ensuring they're not contaminated. And all suspicious e-mails should be forwarded at firstname.lastname@example.org of US Postal Inspection Service.
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