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USPS Spam E-mail Alert

USPS Spam E-mail Alert - The Beacon


By: Amanda

USPS Spam E-mail Alert

The growing trend of spam emails using business names continues.  This time, the spammers are targeting postal customers. 

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service has put out an alert regarding spam using the Postal Services’ name.  Consumers are receiving emails claiming that they have a package delivery or an online postage charge.  The email contains an attachment which you are instructed to open as it contains information about the “package”. 

If you open the attachment, it installs a virus on your computer that will attempt to steal your personal information.  The Postal Inspectors are warning consumers not to open the attachment.  They suggest that you delete the email immediately.  They are working to stop this problem. If you have any questions about your mail delivery or wish to report spam, call 1-800-ASK-USPS (1-800-275-8777) or email

If you receive an email claiming to be from a business, use caution.  Some emails may contain viruses or malware as this one does, while others are direct communications from people you do business with.  Be sure to check the “To” box first as this may be your first indication that the email is spam. Spam emails tend to contain several addresses.  If you are still unsure, before clicking a link, hover over the link with your mouse.  In the lower left hand corner of your browser, you should see where the link is actually going.  If all else fails, you should feel free to contact the business and see whether they are trying to contact you.

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Amanda is the Director of Bureau Affairs and is a regular contributor to the consumer education blog. She is one of our go-to colleagues for answering complex consumer inquires. Amanda also manages our charity reporting program.