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20 Dec 2011

Postal Service said package delivery email is bogus

The U.S. Postal Service is sending out a warning to customers about an email they say is an attempt at phishing, according to The Associated Press. The email is in regard to package delivery and may try to steal information from users. People may want to get good antiphishing software to avoid the traps of emails such as this.

Emails sent out to people claim to be from USPS but contain fake information on an attempted package delviery, which the email said was intercepted. The AP said the email contains a link presented in a way to give information about the package but instead activates a virus that may steal information from a user's computer.

The AP said the Postal Inspection Service says people should delete this email without taking further action and adds that it may be best to get it out of the "deleted items" file as well. Those who have already clicked on the link should change their password as soon as possible.

This all comes during the busiest season of the year. The Los Angeles Times reports that USPS expects to deliver 16.5 billion pieces of mail over the holidays, with millions going out each day. People should protect themselves with antivirus software or any other way they can to avoid getting a virus from something like this.