Lee County Sheriff warns of email scam

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Lee County Sheriff warns of email scam

By FOX 4 Staff. CREATED Nov 15, 2012 - UPDATED: Nov 15, 2012

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Lee County's Crime Prevention Unit is warning about an email forwarded by a concerned resident about a suspicious email that allegedly came from the United States Postal Service.  It turns out it was phony.

The Sheriff’s Office is warning you to beware of e-mails that appear to come from the USPS or other well-known shipping companies.

These bogus e-mails contain a link or attachment that, when opened, installs a malicious virus that can steal personal information from your PC. The e-mails claim to be from the U.S. Postal Service and contain fraudulent information about an attempted or intercepted package, on-line postage charges, erroneous addresses, or instructions on how to print your very own shipping label by clicking on a link or attachment.

Authorities warn not to click on any links or attachments because it could activate a virus that will steal your user name, password, financial account information and much more. Instead, delete the message and report these spam e-mails to spam@uspis.gov.

The U.S. Postal Service does offer consumers a way to create and print a mailing label on-line through Click-N-Ship, but you must go to their website at www.usps.com where you will be asked to sign-in or create an account using a user name and password. The fraudulent label looks very similar to the label offered on the USPS website, however, the incorrect grammar and spelling mistakes made it obvious the label was a fake.

You may also contact the Sheriff’s Office Fraud Line at (239) 477-1242 and www.ic3.gov to report this or any other on-line scam or fraud. Media inquiries to (239)-477-1037.