Stop Scammers in Their Tracks: Report USPS Phishing Now!

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I know first-hand the devastating effects phishing scams can have on unsuspecting victims. They are manipulative, sneaky, and downright dangerous. One particular phishing scam that has been making the rounds lately is targeting users of the United States Postal Service (USPS). These scammers are ruthless, preying on the trust we place in our mail carriers. But there is something you can do to stop them. Your quick action in reporting these scams can help stop them in their tracks. Keep reading to find out more about how you can protect yourself and others from these cunning scammers.

How do I report phishing to USPS?

Phishing is an ongoing threat these days, designed to trick users into providing their sensitive or personal information to cybercriminals. Unfortunately, USPS customers aren’t immune to these scams. But the good news is that USPS has a team dedicated to investigating reports related to phishing scams. In this post, we’ll explain how you can report phishing to USPS and protect yourself.

To report USPS related smishing (SMS phishing) or phishing attempts, you can send an email directly to USPS’ Cybercrime team at spam@uspis.gov. It is recommended to avoid clicking on any suspicious links in the message. Rather, copy the body of the text message that appears suspicious and paste it into a new email.

Here are some additional tips to safeguard against phishing attempts:

  • Always verify website URLs and email addresses before clicking on any links or downloading any attachments.
  • Be suspicious of emails or messages claiming to be from USPS but asking you to take immediate action or provide personal information.
  • Invest in anti-phishing software, which can help detect and filter out phishing attempts.
  • Use strong and unique passwords for all your online accounts.
  • Stay informed and up-to-date on new phishing tactics and scams that cybercriminals are using.
  • By staying vigilant and taking these proactive measures, you can help protect yourself from phishing attacks and keep your personal and sensitive information safe. Remember, if you ever encounter any suspicious activity, report it to USPS immediately.


    ???? Pro Tips:

    1. Look for signs of a phishing attempt. Before reporting phishing to USPS, make sure you are certain it is a scam. Signs of phishing include emails or messages requesting personal information or requiring immediate action with a limited time frame.
    2. Do not respond or click on anything suspicious. If you receive an email that seems suspicious, never respond or click on any links or attachments. These can install malware on your device or direct you to a fake website that will steal your personal information.
    3. Report the phishing attempt to USPS. If you are certain that the email or message you received is a phishing attempt, and it appears to come from USPS, report it by forwarding the message to spam@uspis.gov.
    4. Delete the message. Once you have forwarded the message to USPS, delete it from your inbox and any other folders. Do not keep messages from suspected phishing attempts in your inbox or saved folders, as they may be a security risk.
    5. Educate yourself on phishing. To avoid falling victim to phishing attempts in the future, educate yourself on common phishing tactics and how to protect yourself. Resources like the Anti-Phishing Working Group can provide helpful information and tips.

    What is phishing and smishing?

    Phishing and smishing are two of the most common forms of cyberattacks that can put your personal information at risk. Phishing refers to emails that appear to come from a legitimate source, tricking the recipient into providing sensitive information or clicking on malicious links. While smishing is a similar tactic involving SMS and text messaging. Both tactics are designed to lure you into providing personal information such as bank account details, credit card information, social security numbers and passwords. Such information can be stolen and used in a variety of ways, from stealing your identity to commit fraud.

    Importance of reporting phishing and smishing to USPS

    The United States Postal Service (USPS) is subject to phishing, smishing and other cyberattacks like any other organization. As a USPS customer, you are at risk of falling prey to phishing and smishing attacks that use USPS as a disguise. Reporting phishing and smishing attacks to USPS not only helps protect you from potential identity theft, but also helps USPS to prevent such attacks from happening to other customers.

    Step-by-step guide to reporting phishing to USPS

    Here is a simple step-by-step guide on how to report phishing and smishing attacks to USPS:

    1. For USPS related smishing, save the suspicious text or copy the message body and send an email to spam@uspis.gov.
    2. For USPS related phishing, do not click on any links contained in the email, instead take a copy of the body of the email and send it as an attachment to spam@uspis.gov
    3. In your email, include any relevant details as described in the next section on how to detect suspicious emails and text messages.

    How to detect suspicious emails and text messages from USPS

    As a USPS customer, It’s important to know how to detect suspicious emails and text messages from USPS. Here are some tips on what to look out for:

    • Check sender details carefully to ensure they are from USPS.
    • Beware of emails or text messages that contain misspellings and grammatical errors
    • Look for phishing and smishing keywords in the email subject lines: “$Local Shipment Fee Required” “USPS Delivery Failure Notification”
    • Be wary of emails or text messages that contain an urgent call-to-action, stating that you must act immediately
    • Check the URLs on links, phishing websites have domains that are similar to the real USPS address.

    Understanding the role of spam@uspis.gov in reporting phishing and smishing

    The spam@uspis.gov email address is crucial in the fight against phishing and smishing attacks on USPS customers. Once you forward the suspicious email or text message to spam@uspis.gov, the USPS cybersecurity team reviews the content of the message and investigates the source of the attack, so they can take necessary actions. This can include shutting down phishing/scam websites, stopping the distribution of fraudulent messages or filing legal action against the attackers.

    Tips to protect yourself against phishing and smishing

    Prevention is always better than cure when it comes to phishing and smishing. Here are some tips to help protect yourself:

    • Always be vigilant with any emails or text messages that ask for personal information or include suspicious links.
    • Update your spam filters or ensure they are up to date to help in blocking phishing emails.
    • If you are not sure, reach out to USPS directly to verify the legitimacy of the request.
    • Avoid providing sensitive personal information in response to any email or text message.
    • Use strong passwords for your accounts, and never use the same password more than once.
    • Regularly review your online accounts and financial statements to check for suspicious activity.

    Consequences of not reporting phishing and smishing to USPS

    It is important to report any suspicious emails or texts from USPS to spam@uspis.gov for proper investigation and actions to be taken. If these phishing or smishing attacks go unnoticed, they can cause irreparable damage to you, such as identity theft, data breaches, and financial loss. Additionally, when phishing and smishing attacks or scams against USPS customers are not reported, it can impact the USPS reputation, causing damage to the brand and the trust it has built with its customers. Reporting all suspicious emails and text messages about USPS, not only protects you, but also your fellow customers as well as the USPS team.

    In conclusion, reporting phishing and smishing emails/texts to USPS can prevent significant damage to both customers and the USPS alike. Being aware of the types of scams is important for customers to be notified when potential security risks are detected. Remember to send any suspicious emails or texts as attachments to spam@uspis.gov whenever it appears that USPS is the target of a phishing attack. With proper reporting, USPS will be better equipped to deal with cyber-attacks that threaten its reputation and its customers.