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Watch out for e-mail scams involving USPS

Consumer Alert

POSTED: Wednesday, May 30, 2012 - 5:00am

UPDATED: Wednesday, May 30, 2012 - 5:04am

The USPS is warning against e-mail scams using their name and logos.

Patricia Newton checks her e-mail and every now and then one catches her interest.

"Well read it a couple of times. And it said it was from the postal service. And I read it again and it said I had a package being held," Patricia stated.

But there was a catch that package was in Colorado Springs.

Patricia was on the hook to pay for it.

"Well yeah they want to charge you if you leave it so many days," said Patricia. "$5.39 a day." 

Charges were adding up but Patricia was skeptical because she was not expecting a package.

So the Internet savvy grandma called the post office.

"The guy told me it was a scam and don't click on anything."

A post office representative said a notice would be left in the mail box saying to pick up the package but the post office would not send out an e-mail.

Scam artists like to use trusted institutions and using the post office is just another part of the game. 

Post office officials said they are not sending out the e-mails and people just need to be aware of this.

Scam artist aren't after the fee but they want you to click on a link inside the e-mail.

A link that could come with a virus or a hidden code that could take over your computer and steal your personal information.

Bob Hansen reporting.

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