The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is reporting that some customers are receiving bogus e-mails about a package delivery or online postage charges.
The e-mails contain a link or attachment that, when opened, installs a malicious virus that steals information from personal computers.
The e-mails, which claim to be from U.S. Postal Service, include a label with fraudulent information about an attempted or intercepted package delivery and "online postage charges." Customers are told to click on a link, open the attachment or print the label.
The USPS has added a red banner to the top of its Web site, usps.com, that draws attention to this scam. The banner links customers to the Postal Inspection Service's Crime Alert page.
The USPS is advising customers who receive a shipping label like this to not click on the link. Anyone receiving an e-mail fitting this description should forward it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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One of the country's oldest federal law enforcement agencies, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service has a long, proud and successful history of protecting the postal service, securing the nation's mail system and ensuring public trust in the mail.
Debra Mitchell is a spokeswoman for U.S. Postal Service.