Postal Crime Alert
In this day and age when the Internet has become a vital part of our lives, there are many unscrupulous individuals who take advantage of this technology to steal personal information from others. As you probably know, cases of online identity theft have arisen over the years and the United States Postal Service is not exempt from these scammers.
Just recently, the Postal Inspection Service, the law enforcement arm of the United States Postal Service has issued a postal crime alert to all who might happen to receive an email message purportedly coming from the Postal Service. In this email, the recipient is told about a bogus package delivery or online postage charges. Usually, there is a link to be clicked or an attachment to be opened. At other times, the recipient may be asked to print out a label.
However, Postal Inspectors warn everybody who has this message in their inbox not to do so. They reveal that by clicking on the link or opening the attachment, a virus gets activated. And once this virus is active, it will steal all the information found in your computer so that it can get access to your usernames, passwords, and other vital information that will lead to the opening of your financial and bank accounts.
As a postal customer, you should be on your guard when you receive anything from the United States Postal Service in your inbox. Postal Inspectors say that the best response to such emails is to just delete them right away. After all, if you’re not expecting any packages to arrive to you, why would you believe an email that says you have something to pick up from the post office? If you want to be sure, you can give the USPS a call at 1-800-ASK-USPS. You can also email them at firstname.lastname@example.org if you suspect that you have just received a spam. Doing so will help the Postal Inspection Service in their efforts to shut down this malicious email and even track the organization which is behind it.
Another fraudulent activity that is also perpetrated in the name of the US Postal Service is a postal job scam. Operators of this scam say that there are postal job employment opportunities in your particular city or state and that by paying a certain fee they will ensure that you get the job. Unfortunately, no private company or individual can get you a job at the USPS. You will have to do that yourself by passing the Postal Service battery test and going through the entire hiring process.
The first step for all prospective applicants of employment opportunities in the Postal Service is to create a Career Profile in the USPS website (www.usps.com/employment) and then apply for particular job postings. More information will be given to you when you apply regarding how you can take the postal battery test and the next steps of the hiring process.
Remember, you cannot get a job at the Postal Service by paying someone to do it.