Nothing in life is free, so be cautious of emails that seem too good to be true.
Hackers will often use phony emails, also known as phishing attempts, to trick online users into sharing their personal information.
Phishing is any attempt to acquire a person’s sensitive personal or business information for gain or profit.
Be cautious of emails coming from an unknown sender, and look out for messages that include:
- Giveaways, sweepstakes or special promotional offers, especially near major holidays
- Offers for free or discounted vacations
- Solicitations for charity donations
- Requests for personal information in response to natural disasters, epidemics, health scares or major political elections
Emails containing this type of communication may be from someone trying to steal your personal or USPS information.
Report all suspicious activity to the CyberSecurity Operations Center by emailing CyberSafe@usps.gov.
The CyberSafe at USPS Blue site has additional information.