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USPS package alerts sent by e-mail - SCAM alert

Started 1335223003.413 in Electronics Talk | Last reply 1335261917.423 by glb613

From ConsumerReports.org:


Beware of fraudulent USPS package alerts sent by e-mail
Apr 20, 2012 5:00 PM

Some postal customers are getting bogus e-mails about a package delivery or online postage charges that contain a link or attachment that, when opened, installs a virus that can steal personal information.

The fraudulent message claims to be from the U.S. Postal Service and misleadingly states that it has information about an attempted or intercepted package delivery or online postage charges. The scam e-mail instructs you to click on a link or open an attachment.

One of our staffers received this e-mail, and the message adds urgency to its pitch by stating that fees will be applied if our staffer does nothing:
"If the parcel isn't received within 30 working days our company will have the right to claim compensation from you for it's keeping in the amount of $14.73 for each day of keeping of it."

If this e-mail scam lands in your inbox do not reply or click on any links or attachments, and delete the message. On its website, the USPS writes that "The Postal Inspection Service is working hard to resolve the issue and shut down the malicious program."

http://news.consumerreports.org/money/2012/04/beware-of-fraudelent-usps-package-alerts-sent-by-e-mail.html#.T5WZHlCEhlw.facebook


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chickenbutt1335223109.8822690 PostsRegistered 1/16/2006chickentown

I see similar emails from fake UPS and fake FedEx from time to time. I won't even open the emails. Shippers never send emails like this, so you can know it's fake without even looking at it. The bad guys never stop thinking, do they? :(

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Sister Gol­den Hair1335223664.26713805 PostsRegistered 7/18/2008

I never open anything that I don't know or who it is from.

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Love Roses1335227426.179622 PostsRegistered 1/10/2007

Whoa. Thanks for the info.

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Nightowlz1335228625.238865 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

I have received those before. I just delete them. I never open an attachment if I don't know who it's from. USPS, UPS, FedEx etc are not going to send out emails like that.

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dooBdoo1335229601.5614415 PostsRegistered 6/27/2010Beautiful Southeast USA

I agree, chickenbutt, the bad guys are always looking for the next trick to play. I've often thought if they spent as much time and effort on building a reputable business they would be very wealthy and successful by now.

Most of us know to remove or report these messages, but I continue to see those who fall for them. It's really a shame, because they can do harm to the unsuspecting.{#emotions_dlg.sad}


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lovestodan­ce1335230436.984809 PostsRegistered 6/12/2006
On 4/23/2012 chickenbutt said:

I see similar emails from fake UPS and fake FedEx from time to time. I won't even open the emails. Shippers never send emails like this, so you can know it's fake without even looking at it. The bad guys never stop thinking, do they? :(

I also get them in my junk mail. I also never open,always delete,or use the sweep option.

lovestodan­ce1335230438.94809 PostsRegistered 6/12/2006
On 4/23/2012 chickenbutt said:

I see similar emails from fake UPS and fake FedEx from time to time. I won't even open the emails. Shippers never send emails like this, so you can know it's fake without even looking at it. The bad guys never stop thinking, do they? :(

I also get them in my junk mail. I also never open,always delete,or use the sweep option.

jasbel1335234413.7432388 PostsRegistered 10/21/2008

generally speaking when I get something like that, I log into the places I order from and track the package from there. If there is an exception on a package it is noted in the tracking. :)

VaBelle351335234659.8438540 PostsRegistered 11/19/2004VA suburbs of Washington, DC

I get 4 a day. It's really ramping up.


I'm sad to say I know a woman who fell for an email hoax. The name on the email was that of someone she knew and so she wired $5000 per the email instructions. She is extremely embarassed that she fell for it (she's not originally from the US and English isn't her first language).

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glb6131335261917.42310388 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

None of the shipping compaines or the US post office send e-mails. Think about it, how would they know your e-mail? Did you provide it when sending a package? Unfortunately, too many people don't think, open the e-mail and fall for the scam. The reason for spam? It pays. These people are making a LOT of money.

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