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Postal service warns of bogus e-mails

The U.S. Postal Service is warning customers about virus-carrying e-mails claiming to be from the postal service.

In a note to employees, the Postal Service Inspection Service said the e-mails, which refer to a package delivery, contain a link that, when clicked, will trigger a virus that will steal personal information from a computer.

Here’s the full message:

Postal employees should be aware that many postal customers are receiving bogus e-mails about a package delivery. The e-mails contain a link 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. You are instructed to click on a link to find out when you can expect your delivery. But Postal Inspectors warn: Do not click on the link!

Like most viruses sent by e-mail, clicking on the link 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 Service 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.

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