T he Granville Post Office is warning residents of a scam that can infect computers with a malicious virus.
Hillary Rozell, Granville postmaster, said a number of local residents, including herself, have received in recent days, an email from purportedly from USPS Logistics Services.
The letter Rozell received said “Your parcel has arrived at May 27, 2014. Courier was unable to deliver the parcel to you. Print your label and show it in the nearest post office to get a parcel”
Below the message is a link that says “Print Shipping Label.” Below that there’s even fine print that Copyright 2014 USPS. All rights reserved.
There’s only one problem, the link does not go to a shipping label and the email is not actually from USPS.
“If you download the label you get a virus,” Rozell warned.
She said USPS will leave notices in patrons’ mail boxes if they are unable to deliver a package and will not send an email.
Customers who receive the email are urged to delete the message or report as spam by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
According to the USPS, the email is similar to a marketing 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.
On its website, the USPS offered tips on detecting an email scam including; checking for poor grammar or spelling errors; 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 and an “automated message system states.”