More people are using social media to connect with friends and family — and that’s attracting scammers.
Common scams include:
• Phishing: Scammers pose as reputable companies on social media, where they offer fraudulent links that trick users into revealing credit card and other information.
• Card cracking: Scammers use social media sites to promote get-rich-quick schemes that involve requesting access to your bank accounts to “pay” you for your time and service.
• Fake online dating: Scammers use dating site profiles to gain your trust and trick you into sending money or revealing bank or credit card information.
The CyberSafe at USPS team reminds employees to set your social media profiles to private, watch out for suspicious posts and be wary of strangers you meet online.
Employees should also refer to Handbook AS-805, Section 363, which explains the Postal Service’s social media policy.
According to the policy, employees shouldn’t create unauthorized USPS social media accounts, post social media messages on the Postal Service’s behalf, use postal devices to log in to social media accounts, or use USPS email addresses for these accounts.