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Postal Service Warns of Dangerous Email Spam

By November 25, 2011

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Could a national ID card help prevent identity theft?At just the time of year when lots of people will be sending and expecting packages in the mail, a dangerous identity-stealing email claiming to be from the U.S. Postal Service about a package delivery is making the rounds.

According to the USPS' United States Postal Inspection Service, the email claims to be from the U.S. Postal Service and contains bogus information about an attempted or intercepted package delivery. The email instructs you to click on an included web link for more information about package and when it will be delivered. Postal Inspectors warn: Do not click on the link!

Similar to most identity theft spam emails, clicking on the included link will install a virus capable of stealing personal information, such as user names, passwords and financial account information from your computer without your knowledge.

What to Do: To be safe, the Postal Inspection Service recommends simply deleting the suspicious email without taking any other action. Once again, do not click on any included web links.

To safely check the status of package or parcel deliveries, you can use the U.S. Postal Services online Track & Confirm feature or call 1-800-ASK-USPS.

Also See: The Federal Tax ID or EIN 'Phishing' Scam

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