Bogus email art

In today’s world of package tracking and interconnectivity, an email from the U.S. Postal Service or even our Inspector General regarding mail delivery might seem legitimate.

That’s what the scammers want you to think. Unfortunately, some postal customers are getting bogus emails purporting to be from the Postal Service about an attempted or intercepted package delivery or online postage charges. These emails contain a link or attachment that, when opened, installs a malicious virus that can steal personal information from your personal computer.

If you receive a suspicious-looking email, do not click on the link or open the attachment. Like most viruses sent by email, doing so will activate a virus that can steal information — such as your user name, password, and financial account information. Simply delete the message without taking any further action.

And if you do receive an email that appears to be from the Postal Service and there is something that appears to be suspicious about it, you are welcome to report it to our Hotline.

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  • anon

    From: no-reply@stamps.com "This message was sent to you at the request of Melody Yang, to notify you that they have shipped a package to you. For details about your shipment or to track your package, please refer to the information below." Has all of my correct information plus a tracking number. Never received anything like it. It appears to have the correct number of digits in tracking number. Thank you.

    Dec 23, 2019
  • anon

    I received a text tracking number saying scanned in at post office everyday says it’s on its way but has scanned again

    Dec 30, 2019
  • anon

    I JUST RECEIVED THIS SPAM TOO I am (Megan Brennan) Director general of United States Postal Service, Postal service company (USPS) We have been waiting for you to contact us for your parcel that was been registered with us By for shipment to your residential address. We thought that the sender gave you our contact details. It maybe interest you to know that a letter is also added to your parcel However, we cannot quote the content to you via email for privacy reasons. We understand that the content of your parcel it self is a money order worth $100,000.00 US Dollars), $1,000.00 US Dollars for each money order copy all in the envelop, Text me urgently with your address full name and email address. to: and also send email to below email (uspostsevice@post.com) phone:+(910) 447 2323 text only Yours Faithfully, Megan Brennan Director General of United States Postal Service Office Address 5675 CAROLINA BEACH RD WILMINGTON, NC 28412-3629

    Dec 19, 2019
  • anon

    Hello, Antoinette. Thank you for your comment. Please forward the email to our Hotline at hotline@uspsoig.gov

    Dec 30, 2019
  • anon

    I just received a text message stating: Hi Carolyn, this is the postal service. One final reminder that you need to collect your parcel from us tomorrow. Schedule a time e4qia.site/0if5m8 and the phone number is 17162718482

    Dec 19, 2019
  • anon

    Hello, Carolyn. Thank you for your comment. Please forward a screenshot of the message to our Hotline at hotline@uspsoig.gov

    Dec 30, 2019
  • anon

    Thanks for this advice. I got this text today as well. And found this site to see if it was legit. I have emailed a screenshot to the hotline. The phone number in the text was 123456789 and the link took me to a "take this survey for a chance to win up to $120" and it had the USPS logo on it. I did NOT click the link to start the survey. Very deceiving though as the text implies you have a package to pick up.

    Jan 23, 2020
  • anon

    postal service Office@earthlink.net <moorejohn14@earthlink.net> Greetings, Welcome to united states postal inspection office/headquarter, important notification from USPS Office of Inspector General. I wish to pass this relevant information to you regarding your CERTIFIED LETTER and COMPENSATION PAYMENT CHECK.at the US Post Office Washington DC, A compensations funds WORTH $950,000.00 million us dollars that was belong to you was transferred to our office, I would have informed you of this since on Friday but it was late and also busy attending to our numerous customers. Reply to US Postal Service with all your details ( Mailing Address) and wait for their response. Your Cellphone No Full Names Your Address They will provide you with all the details of arrival, U.S.P.S tracking number and other relevant information you need, your CERTIFIED LETTER/CHECK will be delivered to any valid address of yours, Contact United States Postal Service. Email: usps_postalservice@emailn.ch Best Regard USPS Office of Inspector General Headquarter Washington DC

    Dec 19, 2019
  • anon

    I received the following text message from the number: 19793042892 Body of message: Dear Keven, this is the postal service. A final reminder that you need to collect your parcel from us tomorrow. Schedule a time eotqe.site/yku37f

    Dec 19, 2019
  • anon

    Today I received the same text (with my name) from a different number.

    Dec 19, 2019
  • anon

    Hello, Keven. Thank you for your comment. Please forward a screenshot of the text to our Hotline at hotline@uspsoig.gov

    Dec 19, 2019
  • anon

    I received an email claiming that a package couldn't be delivered. The give away was when it concluded with "Merry Christmas". No government office wishes that on anyone in this day and age.

    Dec 18, 2019
  • anon

    I have received two emails from the following address. My Gmail Spam filter has caught them. Could you confirm for me that these are bogus messages? The address is USPostalService <qrfbplaqxpyx@livedeliberately.org. Thank you. Paul Wood, Inman, SC

    Dec 17, 2019
  • anon

    Hello, Paul. Thank you for your comment. Please forward the mail to our Hotline at hotline@uspsoig.gov

    Dec 17, 2019
  • anon

    Yesterday I got this email: We have sent you a message An package containing confidential personal information was sent to you More information Sign in and get started! http://www.usps.com/ Forgot your password? Reset it here. https://reg.usps.com/forgot beware!

    Dec 17, 2019
  • anon

    Hello, Julia. Thank you for your comment. Please forward the mail to our Hotline at hotline@uspsoig.gov

    Dec 17, 2019
  • anon

    I received a text this morning from a number 34100 stating that I signed up for USPS confirmation and to send back a code 7495624,which I did. I thought my husband signed me up. However he never signed me up. I just learned about this possible scam when my spoke to my husband. Please help.

    Dec 16, 2019
  • anon

    Hello, Caroline. Thank you for your comment. Please forward a screenshot of the text to our Hotline at hotline@uspsoig.gov

    Dec 19, 2019
  • anon

    I got this today Greetings, Welcome to united states postal inspection office/headquarter, important notification from USPS Office of Inspector General. I wish to pass this relevant information to you regarding your CERTIFIED LETTER and COMPENSATION PAYMENT CHECK.at the US Post Office Washington DC, A compensations funds WORTH $950,000.00 million us dollars that was belong to you was transferred to our office, I would have informed you of this since on Friday but it was late and also busy attending to our numerous customers. Reply to US Postal Service with all your details ( Mailing Address) and wait for their response. Your Cellphone No Full Names Your Address hey will provide you with all the details of arrival, U.S.P.S tracking number and other relevant information you need, your CERTIFIED LETTER/CHECK will be delivered to any valid address of yours,Get contact with United States Postal Service. usps.postalservice@emailn.ch Best Regard Headquarter Washington DC USPS Office of Inspector General

    Dec 16, 2019
  • anon

    Hello, Chris. Thank you for your comment. Please forward this email to our Hotline at hotline@uspsoig.gov

    Dec 16, 2019
  • anon

    I received this today Greetings, Welcome to united states postal inspection office/headquarter, important notification from USPS Office of Inspector General. I wish to pass this relevant information to you regarding your CERTIFIED LETTER and COMPENSATION PAYMENT CHECK.at the US Post Office Washington DC, A compensations funds WORTH $950,000.00 million us dollars Which was belong to you was transferred to our office by United States Ambassador to Central African Republic. Reply to US Postal Service with all your details ( Mailing Address) and wait for response. Your Cellphone No Full Names Your Address We will provide you with all the details of arrival, U.S.P.S tracking number and other relevant information you need, your CERTIFIED LETTER/CHECK will be delivered to any valid address of yours, contact United States Postal Service. uspspostalervice@post.com Best Regard USPS Office of Inspector General Headquarter Washington DC

    Dec 14, 2019
  • anon

    Hello, Angela. Thank you for your comment. Please forward this email to our Hotline at hotline@uspsoig.gov

    Dec 16, 2019
  • anon

    USPS Office of Inspector General postal service Office@earthlink.net officefile080@earthlink.net Show less Dec 20 at 11:21 AM Greetings, Welcome to United States postal inspection office/headquarter important notification from USPS Office of Inspector General. I wish to pass this relevant information to you regarding your CERTIFIED LETTER and COMPENSATION PAYMENT CHECK. at the US Post Office Washington DC, A compensations PAYMENT CHECK that was belong to you was deposited to our office, I would have informed you of this since on Thursday but it was late and also busy attending to our numerous customers. Reply to US Postal Service with all your details (Mailing Address) and wait for their response. You’re Cell phone No Full Names You’re Address They will provide you with all the details of arrival, U.S.P.S tracking number and other relevant information you need, your CERTIFIED LETTER/CHECK will be delivered to any valid address of yours, get in touch with United States Postal Service. Best Regard US Post Office Headquarter Washington DC Delete Move to Forward Reply

    Dec 27, 2019
  • anon

    I just received a text message that said.... Hello Jaclyn, Emma from post office. This is the last reminder from us to collect your delivery by tomorrrow to avoid penalty." Then a crazy looking link after it ... I don't even have anything I don't believe lol is this a scam?

    Dec 11, 2019
  • anon

    Has anyone actually received any help from this site? I've been on here for an hour trying to find out how in the hell I report a suspicious text regarding picking up a package. This is THE worst site. EVERY " Contact Us" link tells me to " Email or pick a subject. I choose email and it sends right back to the "Email or pick a subject" page. What if this were a real emergency? What if something extremely bad were to happen or HAD happened? Back to the point in hand, I have received a message via text saying I have a package and that I need to pick it up tomorrow because the Post Office will be closed for the holidays. I'm not sure how to proceed with this. Is there an email address I can send a screenshot too? Should I forward the text to an email address? Or should I just delete it. Waiting for your response. Thank you.

    Dec 18, 2019
  • anon

    I got the smart text from "Emma" from the post office. I didn't open!!

    Dec 12, 2019
  • anon

    I receieved this via email this morning from "postal service Office@earthlink.net" <officefile025@earthlink.net> "Greetings, Welcome to united states postal inspection office/headquarter, important notification from USPS Office of Inspector General. I wish to pass this relevant information to you regarding your CERTIFIED LETTER and COMPENSATION PAYMENT CHECK.at the US Post Office Washington DC, A compensations funds WORTH $950,000.00 million us dollars that was belong to you was transferred to our office, I would have informed you of this since on Friday but it was late and also busy attending to our numerous customers. Reply to US Postal Service with all your details ( Mailing Address) and wait for their response. Your Cellphone No Full Names Your Address They will provide you with all the details of arrival, U.S.P.S tracking number and other relevant information you need, your CERTIFIED LETTER/CHECK will be delivered to any valid address of yours,provided by you. Contact United States Postal Service. Best Regard Headquarter Washington DC US Post Office

    Dec 08, 2019
  • anon

    Hello, Gail. Thank you for your comment. Please forward the email to our Hotline at hotline@uspsoig.gov.

    Dec 16, 2019
  • anon

    > "And if you do receive an email that appears to be from the Postal Service and there is something that appears to be suspicious about it, you are welcome to report it to our Hotline." So tell us how to do this, and don't make it hard. Don 't link me to a complicated page with all sorts of options and pictures and promotional slogans. Just tell me what to do. A suspicious email: I've got one. But I'm not making a "complaint," I don't know if it's "fraud," I don't know if it's a "crime." I'm just saying it's SUSPICIOUS, as you suggested. I need an address where to forward it without opening it so YOU can figure out what it is--and maybe even tell me if it's legit. Sender: admin@noanswermail.us Thank you.

    Nov 25, 2019
  • anon

    Hello, Meredith. Thank you for your comment. Please forward the email to our Hotline at hotline@uspsoig.gov.

    Dec 16, 2019
  • anon

    I received an email asking me to open a file containing an “evoucher” so my “package” could be delivered. It was VERY convincing but didn’t seem right because I hadn’t ordered anything. If I had ordered something I may have fell for it. This is a well thought out and well written scam. Beware!

    Nov 22, 2019
  • anon

    Well now they’re scam calling. I recently did a change of address for real, and now I’m getting calls and voicemails. So, who’s going to do something about this!?

    Oct 22, 2019
  • anon

    Every time I use the online service to change my address I get spam emails. It takes a lot of time to report each one, and since I have to do this every year I go away for the winter, it happens all over again. Why are you selling my email address?

    Sep 25, 2019
  • anon

    I recieved a message on Messenger informing me to take a survey for a reward. I took the survey, but decided to make sure that it was legitimate before I claimed my reward. Will I still receive the virus?

    Sep 19, 2019
  • anon

    I received an email from "USPS" (address usps@mail.com Looked very official and said that there had been a problem delivering a packing today and that they could not access the delivery location. I linked the link to "track the package" before I realized that I should not have. Is this a scam or malware that you know about and if so any suggestions? I am running a virus scan now and will also change critical passwords but am worried.

    Aug 29, 2019
  • anon

    I have received several emails and often alerting me of a USPS award that I need to confirm. It claims only 10 USPS customers were chosen for it. I have not and will not click on the links including the unsubscribe button. They claim you can also write to USA 75 Arlington Street Suite 500, Boston, MA to also unsubscribe. Hope this helps someone else who may not know better.

    Aug 28, 2019
  • anon

    For me the real scammer is the USPS insurance claims. I insured a $3500 Gibson Les Paul to be shipped to Dallas and it showed up with a cracked neck. The guitar was inspected by FedEx and they said they will back the inspection of perfect condition. I even paid the extra "Fragile" amount, and after the guitar went through a hurricane in the Dallas area in early June USPS denied the claim. It gets better, the Ebay buyer downloaded the 2856 Internal Damage report and fraudulently filled it out, after he unsuccessfully tried to blackmail, in such a way the the claim would be denied and got an unsuspecting USPS worker to sign and stamp it. You can clearly see the two different handwritings and a USPS supervisor verified it. So the claim was denied in St Louis because the 2856 form was not legitimate then denied in DC because the box was'nt damaged even though I paid for the extra handle with care fragile keep upright. I spoke to one of the oldest and foremost guitar repair shops and not only did they say that dropping the box on its head would cause that but just letting it fall over would also most likely crack the neck. The claim was denied, and there was no fine print concerning terms of the insurance. What did I pay insurance for, the false assumption that USPS and the government would honor my claim. They now are making it difficult to even return the damaged guitar as if they are going to rip me off even further. USPS I have now learned is a total scam.

    Aug 09, 2019
  • anon

    My experience with UPS is if you pay them to pack as well as ship, of course, they will honor damage claims. If they didn't pack, you're out of luck because why should they insure others' packing? And FedEx once made me pay for packing before shipping because they felt a slight rattle. I paid and thanked them.

    Aug 30, 2019
  • anon

    I got what is apparently a scam email saying my package (non-existent) was delivered, and to click on it. I've spent valuable time searching here for who to report if to and I don't see anything about scams.

    Aug 07, 2019
  • anon

    Hello. Thanks for your comment. For mail fraud, we recommend filing a complaint with the Postal Inspection Service at (877) 876-2455 or https://ehome.uspis.gov/fcsexternal/default.aspx​

    Aug 08, 2019
  • anon

    I think here's what people are objecting to: Most big companies have an email address that we can forward fraudulent emails to. Why doesn't USPS? We don't really want to CALL and file a complaint. We just want to forward the email and get a response.

    Nov 27, 2019
  • anon

    I opened the email not knowing what it was. How do I remove the virus?

    Jun 05, 2019
  • anon

    What if they are trying to send mee money orders to cash? Or what if they actually sent a fake money order..

    May 25, 2019
  • anon

    Please feel free to contact me anytime this is been going on for over a year and since it’s not legal in the state of Wisconsin I should not be happening

    May 23, 2019
  • anon

    I'm bothered by this because I know that a person got one of these emails that had a package at his Post Office. How would scammers know that a customer has a package? Tracking system hacked? Infiormed delivery hacked? Sellers site hacked? Those are questions I hope the OIG is looking at for the safety of the postal service and their millions of customers.

    May 20, 2019
  • anon

    I have gotten several of these messages. They usually use incorrect tenses of verbs or have incorrect English usage in the wording that I can see without clicking on the e-mail. I have a good spam guard which, 99% of the time, sends these e-mails to the spam folder. The other 1% I send to the spam folder myself.

    May 20, 2019

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