The United States Postal Service (USPS) has issued a warning to the public about a scam message currently circulating claiming that a package is awaiting delivery. The fraudulent message requests the customer click a link to pay a fee and provide personal information. USPS has urged recipients of this message to ignore it and delete it.

What Is the Scam Message?
The scam message falsely purports to be from the USPS and states that a package is awaiting delivery. Recipients are asked to enter credit card information or click on a link to pay a fee to receive the package.

In reality, the package does not exist and the link leads to a phishing site where the recipient’s personal and financial information will be compromised.

What Is USPS Doing to Help Protect Customers?
USPS has taken several steps to protect its customers from the scam message. This includes informing customers about the scam to ensure they are aware and know not to engage with it. It has also taken proper steps to ensure the contents of the scam message are flagged as fraudulent and do not end up in customers’ inboxes.

How Can Customers Safeguard Against This Scam?
There are a few steps customers can take to protect themselves against this type of scam.

  1. Never pay for a package that you did not purchase.
  2. Never click on any links or enter personal information in response to unsolicited requests.
  3. Be suspicious of any email that requests payment or provides a link to pay a fee.
  4. Always review the sender’s address before responding to an email.
  5. If an email appears to be from an official source, contact them directly to verify its authenticity.

What Should You Do If You Have Received This Scam Message?
If you have received this scam message, you should take the following action:

  1. Do not click on any links or enter any information.
  2. Delete the message immediately.
  3. Report the message to the USPS as spam.
  4. If you believe your information has been compromised, contact your financial institution and file a report.

What Other Types Of Emails Are Considered Fraudulent?
In addition to the scam message currently circulating, the USPS has identified a number of other types of email that are fraudulent and should be avoided:

  1. Requests for payments for products or services you never ordered.
  2. Requests for payment for an order you didn’t place.
  3. Threats of legal action or delivery delays if you don’t pay.
  4. Unsolicited messages from unfamiliar senders.
  5. Unusually long email subjects or text.

USPS is urging customers to remain vigilant and keep an eye out for fraudulent messages. Customers should take the necessary steps to protect themselves against scams and should report suspicious emails or messages. Never click on a link or enter personal information in response to an unsolicited and suspicious email. Remember, if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.