Scammers pretending to be USPS to steal personal info

The Kent Police Department has warned their residents about a “seemingly legitimate” email or text message scam that has been reported.

Kent, Wash. — This is scam season, according to the Kent Police Department.

The department has warned its residents about a “seemingly legitimate” phishing text or email that has been reported.

The scam began with a notice from the United States Postal Service (USPS), saying they had a problem with the mailing address. The Kent Police Department said in a Facebook post on Tuesday that “the graphics are beautiful and it almost fooled some of us.”

Police say the scammer will ask for the correct address or they’ll say you’ll be charged $1.99 per day for a package they’re storing for you because the address is wrong by the sender. The scammer will ask for an extra $3 shipping fee and click on their link to see the problem.

The police want the public to stop right there and avoid clicking on the links as this is a scam. The goal is to start using your credit or debit card information to quickly add up charges.

“This is a great time for this scam,” the department said in the Facebook post. “People are ordering online and not all packages are being delivered when we expect them to. Scammers know this and hit your fear. If you’re really nervous about buying, don’t worry. call the seller or contact the legitimate mailing site as they often have optional tracking DO NOT enter your information Whatever is in the box you are waiting for, is not worth someone drain your account.”

Kent Police say more and more scams like this are happening. Warning signs to watch out for include emails or messages asking to click a link to send money and include personal information, threats in messages asking for “storage” fees, and creating a sense of urgency. that this issue should be addressed immediately.

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Edmund DeMarche

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