Postal inspectors warn of malicious e-mails

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - HTC Connect is warning customers about a scam involving e-mails claiming to be from the U.S. Postal Service that could install a malicious virus.

Postal customers are reporting receiving e-mails about package delivery or online postage charges that contain a links or attachments that, when opened, install a malicious virus that can steal personal information from the computer.

Those who receive e-mails regarding attempted or intercepted package delivery, or online postage charges, are warned by postal inspectors not to click the link, open the attachment, or print the label as instructed.

The report states users should delete the message without taking any further action. The Postal Inspection Service is working to shut down this malicious program.

USPS have not made a comment to WMBF News; however, HTC marketing coordinator Nicole Hyman says if you do decide to open emails from an unknown source, take precautions.

"Look for any kind of grammatical errors in an email," says Hyman, "Or if the email says 'Dear customer,' and doesn't use your name if it's not personalized, those are some things to look out for." Also, make sure to scroll your cursor over any links before opening them.

Keep in mind, email isn't the only way you can risk your information getting stolen. Identity theft can happen through the phone and by text message. Experts say you should never give any personal information, such as your social security number, to an unknown source on the computer or through the phone.

Anyone with questions about a delivery, or who wishes to report spam, should call 1-800-ASK-USPS or e-mail

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