Scam Busted: Email Says Missed Delivery

Scam Busted: Email Says Missed Delivery

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Scammers are now masquerading as the U.S. Postal Service.

“The email looks really legitimate,” says Detective Laura Soulier.

“I could have gotten a package, it looks legitimate postal service,” says Mary Gabriel.

Mary Gabriel got an email saying she’d missed a delivery.

“We’re all excited when we find out that we’re going to get a package and we don’t know if someone is sending us a gift,” says Soulier.

The email says the package is just sitting there waiting for you at your local post office and all you have to do is click this link and print out a label to go pick it up. However clicking that link will bring you a completely different surprise.

“It downloads a Trojan virus and it will ultimately become ransom ware to take over your computer,” says Soulier.

That’s where the scammers hold your computer ransom and demand money. But there’s a way to tell it’s a scam…

“But then I read the part that says print this out and take it to any post office and I said, no that doesn’t make any sense,” says Gabriel.

And while she’s not giving in to the scammers today…

“It all has to do with money, they’re just greedy,” says Gabriel

She wants to help get the word out to others.

“You’ve got so many snowbirds, they would just not think twice about opening something like that, they’re expecting packages,” says Gabriel.

You can call your local post office to see if you really did miss a delivery, just don’t call any of the numbers in the email—they’ll just send you straight to the scammers.

And always report any scams to the Better Business Bureau and at FTC.GOV to report to the Federal Trade Commission.

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