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Scammers target postal customers

Old scam resurfaces in the area

PRINCETON — The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has announced the resurfacing of a years-old email scam targeting postal customers, including Bureau County residents.

On Friday, Princeton Post Master Shannon Mattingly said her office has definitely received a lot of phone calls lately from patrons who have questions about an email they’ve received concerning an unsuccessful parcel delivery attempt by the U.S. Postal Service. Some of the surrounding smaller post offices have also received similar calls from their patrons, Mattingly said.

In response to those calls, Mattingly said she’s telling her patrons to not open the email. The Postal Service does not email its customers in this regard. If the post office attempts to deliver a parcel and the customer is not available to sign for the parcel, the customer will receive a hard copy notification in his/her mailbox, she said.

“If you, the customer, have already opened the email, then it’s very important that you change your passwords and take any and all precautions that you would otherwise to protect your identity and any personal information on your computer,” Mattingly said.

Unfortunately, this is not the only scam going around involving the postal service, including the scam about having to pay for postal exams, Mattingly said. Anyone that would ever choose to take the postal exam, to be hired by the USPS, needs to know the USPS does not ever charge for this exam, she said.

However, there are some places that will charge a fee for a book or a practice test,
but the USPS is not in any way affiliated with that practice, nor does the USPS encourage or support it, the postmaster said.

As a general safeguard against scammers, Mattingly said people need to become informed and stay aware of the current scams which are targeting the public. It’s important to remember the USPS will not ask a customer to click on different links or to provide personal information, such as credit card information or a Social Security number, in order to receive your mail or package, she said.

If residents have any questions about these or other scams, they can contact the Princeton Post Office, 815-879-3001, or their own local post office, Mattingly said.

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