Scam alert: Bogus texts or emails about failed UPS package delivery
by Pinedale Online!
December 2, 2015
The public is cautioned about receiving possible texts or emails claiming to be from the UPS Postal Service about a package being addressed with your contact email. The text has horrible grammar, broken English and typographical errors. It claims the package contains a large sum of CASH, silver necklase (sic) with paper documents. The text email instructs a response is needed by contacting the email firstname.lastname@example.org. The text came from the phone number (323 )928-7323 (this phone number may have been spoofed and may not be the actual sending phone number). The text we received was supposedly "Sent free from TextNow.com".
Anyone receiving a similar email is cautioned not to click on the email link as it might unleash a virus that could capture valuable personal information. The best course of action is to delete the email or text.
Below is more information from the Postal Employee Network website:
Postal Service customers take note — usps.com recently posted a warning about email scammers using the Postal Service’s name to access valuable personal information.
Customers being targeted receive bogus emails with subject lines containing the text: "USPS Delivery Failure Notification." The emails claim to be from the Postal Service and contain fraudulent information about an attempted or intercepted package delivery. The emails instruct customers to click on a link to find out when they can expect delivery.
Clicking on the link activates a virus, which can steal personal information — such as user names, passwords or financial account information — stored on the computer.
Customers should simply delete the message and take no further action unless they choose to report the email as spam by contacting email@example.com.
The email scam is similar to a telemarketing scam uncovered by the Postal Inspection Service in which fraudsters masquerading as USPS employees were phoning residents and requesting birth dates and Social Security numbers as requirements for package delivery.
Corporate Information Security Officer Chuck McGann offers these tips on spotting bogus emails:
- The text contains poor grammar or spelling errors.
- The text states immediate action must be taken or customer could face dire consequences.
- The email requests personal information under the guise of re-confirming information.
- The text from an "automated message system" states "Click on this link for details."
Customers with questions about a delivery by the Postal Service should call 800-ASK-USPS.
Source: Postal Employee Network: http://www.postalemployeenetwork.com/news/2011/11/usps-delivery-failure-notification-email-scam