Beware: Fake USPS Text is Now Circulating in Massachusetts
Will Scams ever go away? The answer pretty much is a hard no. As technology continues to improve, criminals capitalize on those improvements and make it that much more difficult to tell which messages or phone calls are real and which ones are scams.
There's Another Scam Circulating Massachusetts Pretending to Be The USPS
One scam that is going around Massachusetts is a text from someone claiming to be from the United States Postal Service (USPS). I recently received a text which says the following.
Hello, I am the USPS Central Warehouse. Due to your wrong address, I cannot deliver. Please update your address in time. My job number is 01764.
After the message, there is a link which is: https://uispes.top/. Needless to say, I did not click on the link and update my address (I have included a screenshot of the text below).
One clear way to tell that this message is a scam is the fact that I received it unsolicited. The United States Postal Inspection Service states on its website the following:
If you never signed up for a USPS tracking request for a specific package, then don’t click the link! This type of text message is a scam called smishing which is a form of phishing that involves a text message or phone number.
Another way to tell the text I received was a scam is the fact that there is no tracking number in the text message. Customers have to request service with a tracking number in order for the USPS to contact them by text or email. In addition, the USPS would never include a sense of urgency in their emails and text messages to their customers. If you receive this type of text just delete it right away. Learn more about these smishing scams by going here.