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USPS warns people about e-mail scam

reporters@samoanews.com

The U.S. Postal Service is alerting its customers to delete a bogus e-mail claiming to be from the USPS but containing fraudulent information about an attempted or intercepted package delivery and a link that, when opened, installs a malicious virus that can steal personal information from your PC.

"You are instructed to click on a link to find out when you can expect your delivery. But Postal Inspectors warn: Do not click on the link! Like most viruses sent by e-mail, clicking on the link will activate a virus that can steal information-such as your user name, password, and financial account information."

USPS asked customers to delete the message without taking any further action. Postal Inspection Service is working hard to resolve the issue and shut down the malicious program.

Several local residents have received the bogus e-mail message and two residents told Samoa News they are aware of some people whose hard drives were infected when they clicked on the message.

"The message looked so real it can fool you right away," said one resident. "Luckily, I didn't click on the message because I was not expecting anything and was very surprised with the message."



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