USPS Notification Text: How The Scam Works
We received many inquiries today regarding a potential USPS Notification Text Scam. Several readers have gotten text messages on their phones claiming to be from USPS (the United States Postal Office). More specifically, the sender (bogus USPS admin) informs the victim that they have a package belonging to the recipient. To get the USPS office to deliver the parcel, the victims have to pay a “small $2.99” fee.
The latest domain name used by fraudsters is www.kingstark.net. Do not click on it, it’s not from the United States Postal Office. Here is a screenshot of a fake message:
USPS Notification Scam: How to Avoid
The UPSP Notification Scam is just another phishing scheme. It features the same pattern as the FedEx Delivery Text scam. These links and pages contain a ‘tracking link’ or a notification that the shipper is having difficulty delivering the package if a fee is not paid.
The bait is different every time, but the point is, clicking the link takes you to an online form that requires you to submit personal information, including credit card numbers. It could also download malware onto your device.
If you get one of these USPS notification text messages, please don’t click the link. Delete them and go ahead with your day.
USPS Text Scam: How To Report
Phone scams are very common these days. Warn your family and online friends about the USPS Notification Text Scam by sharing this article on your social media platforms using the buttons provided. If you wonder how to report phone scams, you can also officially do it to the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) using the link below:
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