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Is a scam?

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Have you ever received a text message for an email from, you might be wondering if this is a legitimate website or a scam.

The answer to your question is: Yes, is a scam and is not associated with the US government.

Many scam websites have emerged resembling that of the United States Postal Services (USPS). Unsuspecting victims can easily fall into this scam by entering their personal or financial information on the malicious website, thinking it to be real.

In this article, we’ll explain how the scam works and how to avoid it.

How does the scam work?

Like most USPS scams, the current scam also starts when the scammer contacts the victim via an email or a text message masquerading as official USPS communication.

The message will usually convey something like:

  • Your courier could not be delivered due to wrong house number.
  • A suspicious unpaid fee of a few dollars.

The communication will also include a link to a website where the victim enters their personal information like a house address or financial information to pay the fees.

With this, the victim exposes themselves to identity theft, credit card fraud, and other cybercrimes.

With the world’s over-reliance on online deliveries, especially after the pandemic, scammers find this an opportune moment to target the victims. The scammers also exploit the fact that consumers would pay a meagre amount of, let us say, $3 to complete the delivery.

Also read: USPSBP scam explained

What to do if you have fallen victim to the scam?

What is phishing? Types of phishing scams and how to protect yourself?

In case you have clicked on the phishing link, here are some points that you should immediately follow:

  • Immediately contact your bank and block your credit card.
  • Change your bank passwords, and if possible, quickly change your social media and email passwords.
  • Report the fraud to authorities. In the United States, the relevant authority will be the Federal Trade Commission and US Postal Inspection Service.
  • Monitor your bank account and credit history and immediately report any suspicious withdrawal.

For more information, visit our article on what to do if you click on a phishing link.

Also read: USPS package tracking scam 9300120111410471677883 explained

How to avoid falling victim to similar scams?

In this section, we’ll explain what precautions you should take to avoid falling victim to similar scams.

The best way to avoid such scams is to be vigilant and aware of the modus operandi behind such scams. A bit of common sense will go a long way in protecting yourself and your loved ones.

Here are some other steps that you can take:

  • Check the sender’s email address or phone number before opening or clicking any links.
  • Head to the official website for any queries regarding your order. Any other website, such as is fake and should raise some red flags.
  • Never provide your personal or financial information to anyone on the internet.
  • Never pay any delivery fee or late fee for packages. Or, never use any untraceable methods, such as paying via gift cards or wire transfers.
  • Scammers tend to convey a sense of urgency in their messages. Look for signs of urgency in messages like, in this case, asking you to pay a fee or enter your address promptly.
  • Some other common signs include grammatical mistakes, generic greetings like Dear Sir/Madam, fake logos, and suspicious links.

Also read: Does USPS send text messages? USPS Text scam explained

Kumar Hemant

Deputy Editor at Candid.Technology. Hemant writes at the intersection of tech and culture and has a keen interest in science, social issues and international relations. You can contact him here:

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