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USPS warns about package email scam

December 15, 2011
The Maui Weekly

The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is warning residents about a bogus email that purports to come from post office officials and contains a fraudulent claim about an attempted or intercepted package delivery. The emails contain a link that, when opened, installs a malicious virus on a victim's computer that can steal personal information, such as a user's name, password and financial account information.

The bogus email instructs recipients to click on a link to find out when they can expect delivery of a package. But U.S. postal inspectors warn people not to click on the link. They advise recipients to delete the message without taking any other action.

"The Postal Inspection Service is working hard to resolve the issue and shut down the malicious program," the service said. For more information, call (800) ASK-USPS.



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