Scam Alert! Fraudulent Delivery Messages to Postal Customers

Wednesday, December 07 at 04:29 PM
Category: Personal Finance

With the rise in online shopping and gift-sending, the Postal Inspection Service warns that a recent scam has been reported by many postal customers around the country involving emails about a package delivery.  With so many people expecting package deliveries this time of year, everyone should remain alert for this current scam.

The fraudulent emails contain a link that will install a malicious virus when clicked and opened.  This virus can steal personal information such as your name, passwords, financial account information, etc. from your PC—just the gift a thief wants this holiday season. The emails claim to be from the U.S. Postal Service and include fake information about a delivery.  Once the email is opened, you are instructed to click the malicious link to find out when you can expect to receive your package.   This email targets postal customers at random and has no relation to Arvest accounts or Arvest emails.

What should you do if you see this email?  Do NOT click the link.  Delete the email from your inbox and trash can /deleted folder.   The Postal Inspection Service is aware of this problem and working hard to resolve the issue. 

As a general reminder, be on high alert for red flags such as this one.  Crime rises during the holidays so remain suspicious of all emails and phone calls.  Also be cautious with giving out your personal information.  Visit our Report Fraud page if you encounter anything that seems suspicious and would like to report it.
 

Tags: Fraud Alert
Andrew on 12/8/2011 at 11:39 AM

My wife got a phone call from a company claiming to sell magazines.  She doesn't remember what the name of the company was but they claimed that she had a chance to either win $100,000 or a brand new car.  They sold her a magazine family bundle.  They asked for her bank card number and expiration date but didn't ask for the security code on the back.  I'm not sure if this is really a fraud or not but it did seem very suspicious because she said she's never heard about them before this.  The man she talked to was named Richard and his employee number, or a number that is related to him, is 2722.  The phone number that called her is 757-490-3862.  I tried calling the number back but it is disconnected.  Unfortunately my wife left for school and forgot her phone here at home.  She won't be back later today around 4:00-5:00pm.  If there is anything you can do about this, that would be great.

Thank you!

Andrew Yang

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