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Some postal 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 can steal personal information from your PC.

The e-mails claim to be from the U.S. Postal Service and contain fraudulent information about an attempted or intercepted package delivery or online postage charges. You are instructed to click on a link or open an attachment.

But Postal Inspectors warn: Do not click on the link or open the attachment! Like most viruses sent by e-mail, clicking on the link or opening the attachment will activate a virus that can steal information-such as your user name, password, and financial account information.

What to do? Simply delete the message without taking any further action. The Postal Inspection Service is working hard to resolve the issue and shut down the malicious program.

If you have questions about a delivery or wish to report spam, please call 1-800-ASK-USPS or email spam@uspis.gov.

Corporate Information Security Officer Chuck McGann offers these tips on spotting bogus emails:

  • The text contains poor grammar or spelling errors
  • The text states immediate action must be taken or customer could face dire consequences.
  • The email requests personal information under the guise of re-confirming information.
  • The text from an "automated message system" states "Click on this link for details."
  • Customers with questions about a delivery by the Postal Service should call 800-ASK-USPS