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A Resident of Springfield Escapes Scam Email

Wics.com published news on 22nd May, 2014, stating that Scott Hammann, a resident of Springfield (based in Massachusetts, US) was waiting for a package to arrive but got an email informing him that a package had arrived at the nearest post office of USPS (United States Postal Services).

Hammann said "the email asked to click on the link to print a shipping label and take it to local post office to take the delivery of the package. However, I 'd been down the road enough with this and hence did not click on it."

Postal inspectors say that had he clicked on the link, a malicious virus would have been installed on his computer which would have stolen his personal information.

He is not the only one as many people are getting such emails which are prompting postal inspectors to issue warnings about this scam.

Wics.com published news on 22nd May, 2014 quoting Sue Litterly, A Customer Relations Representative of USPS in Springfield who actually got the email, as saying "There are all kind of scams and people need to be careful. Customers who receive such email about delivery of a package should not click on the link or open any attachment and should forward the email to spam@uspis.gov and then delete the email."

The Postal Inspection Service added that scammers are also contacting customers on phone about deliveries of package to try to obtain information regarding identity.

Ocregister.com published news on 21st May, 2014 quoting Stacia Crane, Spokeswoman of Postal Inspection Service in Pasadena, as saying "The Postal Service calls customers only for shipments of live animals and that too we ask them to call us back for verification".

Customers should never provide information about their identity and should contact their local post office and can also call the Postal Inspection Service at 877-876-2455 for verification.

Moreover, this is not the first time that USPS is being attacked by scammers with scam email campaign as security experts intercepted a scam email during August 2013 which was purporting to be from USPS claiming that a parcel could not be delivered due to wrong address and instructed recipients to click a link to take printout of shipping label.

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