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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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Hit delete on new fake funeral email notices


Email users are increasingly savvy about spotting scam messages. So scammers are always on the hunt for new ways to evade the “delete” button. This scam email, disguised as a funeral notification, reaches a new low.

How the Scam Works:
You receive an email with the subject line “funeral notification.” The message appears to be from a funeral home in Texas, but it could be from anywhere. The email invites you of an upcoming “celebration of your friends life service.” The email looks real. It uses the business’s actual colors and logo.fake funeral

The email instructs you to click a link to view the invitation and “more detailed information about the farewell ceremony.” But instead of pointing to the funeral home’s website, it sends you to a foreign domain. Scammers place malware on these third-party websites that downloads to your computer, giving scammers access to information on your machine.

As usual, watch for scammers changing up this con. They may hijack a different funeral home’s name and/or change their message.

Tips to Avoid Email Scams:

  • Spot common email scams no matter the circumstances, by following these tips:
  • Don’t believe what you see. As in the example above, scammers can easily copy a real business’ colors, logo and even email address.
  • Hover over links to check their source. Place your mouse over hyper-linked text and the true destination will appear.
  • 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 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.
  • Ignore calls for immediate action. Scam emails try to get you to act before you think by creating a sense of urgency. Don’t fall for it.

You can also contact the Better Business Bureau and report it to the FBI at www.IC3.gov.

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Online shoppers, here’s 5 tips to avoid shipping email scam


Scammers take advantage of the holiday shopping season by sending out fake email shipping notifications using FedEx, UPS or the United States Postal Service logos and designs. This Cyber Monday, don’t let these scams fool you into opening a virus on your computer.

Here’s how the scam works: You receive an email message that appears to be a shipping notification for a package. You’ve done your holiday shopping online, so you figure it must be something you’ve ordered. Curious, you open the email and attachment.

When you click on the file, you find that it isn’t a tracking notification after all. It’s really a virus that will download to your computer. Typically, these viruses phish for personal and banking information on your machine. But the FBI recently warned about the resurgence of a type of virus called “ransomware.” Once downloaded, this virus will lock your computer and urge you to pay a ransom to the scammer responsible.

Like all scams, this one has many variations. Scammers have posed as FedEx, UPS, USPS and even big online retailers, like Amazon. They also change-up the email content. A common version of this scam is a fake delivery failure notification. Scammers claim the attached virus is the receipt you need to collect your package from the local office.

Spot common email scams by following these tips:

  1. Don’t believe what you see. Scammers make emails seem to come from a reputable source. Just because it looks like an “@ups.com” address does not mean it’s safe.
  2. Be wary of unexpected emails that contain links or attachments. As always, do not click on links or open the files in unfamiliar emails.
  3. 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.
  4. Watch for poor grammar and spelling. Scam emails often are riddled with typos.
  5. 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.

For more information about scams, see BBB’s Scam Stopper.  Check out FedEx and UPS websites for more information about fake shipping emails and examples of typical scams.

Note: FedEx and UPS are Better Business Bureau Accredited Businesses.

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