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June 12, 2014 at 9:41 PM

Postal service warns of bogus emails with virus attached

The Wenatchee World

WENATCHEE — A malicious virus hidden in bogus emails about package deliveries and postal charges could infect computers and steal personal info, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service warned Thursday.

Postal inspectors advised: Don’t open them.

The emails claim to be from the Postal Service and contain fraudulent information about an attempted or intercepted package delivery or online postal charges, said an agency press release.

The emails instruct readers to click on a link, open an attachment or print a label.

“Like most viruses sent by email, clicking on a link or opening the attachment will activate a virus that can steal information, such as your user name, password and financial information,” said the news release.

Postal inspectors advise deleting the messages without taking further action.
“The Postal Inspection Service is working hard to resolve the issue and shut down the malicious program,” the press release said.

To report a problem or get more information, call 800-275-8777 or email spam@uspis.gov.

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