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Beware Of New USPS Email Scam, Westchester DA Says

An example of a fraudulent USPS email.
An example of a fraudulent USPS email. Photo Credit: USPS

Officials in Westchester are cautioning local residents to be wary, as a new round of email scams representing the United State Postal Service has been making the rounds.

The USPS issued an alert this week regarding a new email scam, which appears to be sent from members of the organization, and is instead being used by fraudsters.

In the email, it will appear to be sent by USPS, but the actual email domain will be a personal account with a link to a potentially dangerous website. Some USPS users have reported receiving several such emails in the days leading up to Christmas.

“Email Scam Alert,” the USPS posted on Twitter. “We’re getting reports of (people) receiving emails that appear to be sent from the #USPS. With this and all emails, be sure to always check the sender’s domain (highlighted [above]) before opening (or) clicking on any links. If the domain is not correct, delete the email.”

According to officials, fraudulent emails adopt many different forms and are the unauthorized actions of third parties not associated with mailing organizations. These email messages referred to as "phishing" or "spoofing" are becoming more common and may appear legitimate by incorporating company brands, colors, or other legal disclaimers.

"There have been a number of fraudulent emails reported, and new spoofs continue to be introduced. These types of emails point to invalid hyperlinks that are revealed when you hold your cursor over them. The invalid links may contain malware, which could potentially corrupt your computer.

"These are not legitimate communications, and should you receive any of these emails, do not follow any links provided or click on any attachments. Instead, simply delete the email. If you've accidentally selected a link, you should run a virus scan immediately."

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