Post Office Change of Address: How The Scam Works
(with video below) Be aware of a new scam that is happening these days, the Post Office Change of Address aka the Free Change of Address Scam. We'll see how the scam works, how to avoid it, and how to report it.
Whether we go to school in a different city, get married or take a job somewhere else, we all have to deal with making a significant move at some point. Let's face it – it's a bit stressful, too. Besides packing your belongings, loading the truck and then unpacking everything at the new residence, you must also deal with a few other frustrating items.
These would be switching over the utilities, contacting publications to have your subscriptions forwarded, enroll your kids (or yourself!) in a new school and, of course, submit a change of address to keep receiving mail at the new address.
This process has been simplified for us today, as a simple change of address can be accomplished online in minutes. However, you must be cautious – you could be the next victim of the "Post Office Change of Address" scam. How does it work?
Watch the video below to see the Post Office Change of Address Scam exposed:
When you Google "change of address", many sites pop up claiming to be able to do the job for you – for a "small fee" of anywhere between $17 and $24. While this may seem a small price to pay to avoid standing in line at the post office branch near you, it's actually a pretty big rip-off.
Some of them even charge only $1 upfront, deceiving users to think the company is a legitimate USPS, Canada Post, Royal Mail (in the UK) or Australian Post service. However, a few days later they charge the consumer's credit card for higher amounts, without reason.
Sometimes, the scammers even advertise free service in exchange for all the personal information, which leads to identity theft. Think about low-hanging fruits.
Change My Address/ Free Change of Address Scam: How to Avoid
When doing an online address change, be sure you are logging on to the actual US Postal Service website, at www.usps.com. Any other website – and any other dollar amount over one dollar – are a good indicator that you are not on the official postal service website.
It is always a good idea to verify any secure site by making sure the website begins with https: as the "s" indicates a secure site.
Change My Address/ Free Change of Address Scam: How to Report
Make your family and friends aware of this scam by sharing it on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers to the Federal Trade Commission using the link below:
How To Change Your Mailing Address
Here is more information on how to change your address, regardless if you live in the United States, Canada, Australia or the United Kingdom.
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2 thoughts on “Post Office Change Of Address”
The USPS website charged my debit card 44.95 when it was only to be 1.00. SCAM! Do not use any USPS website. Go into post office to have you re address changed!
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