ROCKFORD - Scammers use bogus e-mails to access personal information.
The e-emails claim to be from the United States Postal Service and contain information about an attempted or intercepted package delivery or online postage charges.
The Better Business Bureau says anyone who's received an e-mail from the scammers should just delete them. Or, you could report the e-mail as spam by contacting email@example.com.
If opened, the e-mail instructs you to click on a link and open an attachment or print a label. By doing so, you activate a virus, which then steals personal information from your computer.
"These e-mails are very easy to mistake for authorized messages from the USPS" says Dennis Horton, Director of the BBB's Rockford office. "Clicking on the link can result in identity theft, which could cause serious problems for years to come."
The USPS says the following is an indicator of a bogus e-mail:
- Contains poor grammar or spelling errors
- States immediate action must be taken or customer could face dire consequences
- Requests personal information under the guise of re-confirming information
- E-mail from an "automated message system" states "Click on this link for details"