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USPS warns of scam using its name

The United States Postal Service is warning residents about fake emails using their name. The messages claim to be alerts about an undelivered package, but they really carry a virus.USPS logo
How the Scam Works:

You receive an email message that appears to be a shipping notification. It says that the postal service has been unable to deliver your package. To claim it, you just need to download the attached confirmation form and take it to your local post office.

But when you click on the file, you find that it isn’t a receipt after all. It’s really a virus! Typically, these viruses phish for personal and banking information on your machine.

Like all scams, this one has many variations. Victims have reported receiving phone calls also claiming to alert you to an undelivered package. Instead of a virus, scammers try to phish for personal and banking information. The scam isn’t even limited to the USPS; Canada Post was targeted by a similar scam.

Tips to Avoid Email Scams:

Spot common email scams by following these tips:
    • Don’t believe what you see. Scammers make emails seem to come from a reputable source. Just because it looks like an “@usps.com” address does not mean it’s safe.
    • Be wary of unexpected emails that contain links or attachments. As always, do not click on links or open the files in unfamiliar emails.
    • Beware of pop-ups. Some pop-ups are designed to look like they’ve originated from your computer. If you see a pop-up that looks like an anti-virus software but warns of a problem that needs to be fixed with an extreme level of urgency, it may be a scam.
    • Watch for poor grammar and spelling. Scam emails often are riddled with typos.
    • Immediate action is necessary. Scam emails try to get you to act before you think by creating a sense of urgency. Don’t fall for it.

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Job seekers: Don’t get caught in a LinkedIn scammer’s trap

With many job seekers using LinkedIn to market themselves to potential employers, scammers also are finding ways to exploit the site by posing as recruiters, Better Business Bureau serving the Snake River Region warns.

LinkedIn appeals to job seekers because it allows them to post their experience and resumes and then be contacted by potential employers or recruiters.ID-100152524

Scammers create fake profiles to disguise themselves as recruiters. They send messages that include a link to a site that seeks personal information. The websites may look legitimate, but often they ask for financial information and personal identifying information, such as Social Security numbers or birth dates. Scammers then use that information to steal your identity, access bank accounts or install malware on your computer.

Legitimate recruiters will never ask you for banking information.

Remember that the image displayed on the LinkedIn profile may not be an actual recruiter. You should research any recruiter who contacts you before you divulge any sensitive information. Most employers will not ask for a Social Security number or birth date until they actually offer you the job.

BBB offers these tips to avoid becoming a victim of a LinkedIn scam:

  • Do not add just anyone on LinkedIn. Before connecting with or adding someone, check out their profile and connections. If you have doubts about their legitimacy, do not add them.
  • Remember that you will never be asked to pay for a legitimate job. If a “recruiter” mentions an opportunity where you must pay for training, block them.  A real employer will never ask you to pay to work.
  • Be wary of work-at-home jobs. Real work-at-home jobs are scarce, so be cautious when you find these postings.
  • Search for the recruiter’s picture. Scammers often use a fake, generic photo and you can most likely find the photo elsewhere.
  • Ask to call them. If a recruiter contacts you via message, request to speak on the phone. If they seem to avoid a phone call, consider that a red flag.
  • If you find yourself a victim of the scam, act fast. If a scammer can access your computer, they could have collected your personal information including passwords and banking information. Change your passwords immediately. If you see any strange banking activity, tell your bank.

Check out the video on cyberscammers that are recruiting on LinkedIn.


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