‘Tis the season for shipping packages, and unfortunately, ’tis also the season for scammers.
USPS scams are on the rise, so it’s important to be aware of what to look for and how to avoid being taken advantage of. Keep reading to learn more.
What Are USPS Scams?
USPS scams generally involve someone creating a fake website that looks very similar to the official USPS website.
They will often use a web address that is just one letter off from the real thing, so it’s easy to mistake it for the real site.
Once you’re on the fake site, you may be asked to input your personal information or make a payment. Sometimes, clicking on the link will automatically download malware onto your computer.
These scams are becoming more and more common, especially during peak shipping times like the holiday season. Scammers know that people are rushed and may not be as vigilant about checking details, so they take advantage of that.
How Can I Avoid Being Scammed?
There are a few things you can do to protect yourself from these scams. First of all, always check the web address before clicking. If you’re unsure whether or not a site is legitimate, you can do a quick Google search to see if there have been any reports of scams.
Another good tip is to be aware of what to look for in fake websites. For example, many fake websites will have typos or grammatical errors. They may also use generic stock photos instead of professional images. If something looks off, it probably is. Trust your gut, and don’t click!
If a message looks legitimate, always check that the web address provided exactly matches the official website for that entity (usps.com for USPS, fedex.com for FedEx, etc.).
Look out for fake subdomains like Error-USPS.com or USPS/Error123.com.
Wrapping it Up
Be extra vigilant this holiday season when shipping packages. While USPS is a reliable service, there are always scammers trying to take advantage of busy people.
By following the tips in this blog post, you can avoid being scammed and keep your personal information safe. Happy holidays!
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