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USPS ‘We Have Sent You a Message’ Malware Email

by Brett M. Christensen

According to this message, the United States Postal Service (USPS) has sent you an email containing confidential personal information.

The message urges you to click a button to access the supposed confidential information.

However, USPS did not send the email. The email is a criminal ploy designed to trick you into installing malware on your computer. 
Clicking the link opens a compromised website that prompts you to download a file that supposedly contains the confidential message. Opening the file can install the malware.

The purpose of the malware may vary. Once installed, the malware may harvest sensitive information such as banking passwords from your computer and send it to the criminals. Or, it may encrypt all of the files on your computer and then demand that you pay a ransom to receive the decryption key.

Be wary of any unsolicited email that claims to be from USPS or another delivery service. Criminals regularly distribute malware via fake notification emails claiming to be from courier companies around the world.

If you receive a suspicious or unexpected notification message from a courier company, do not open any attachments or click any links that it contains.

If you have an online account with the courier service, always login by entering the address into your browser’s address bar rather than by clicking a link in an email.

A screenshot of the malware email:

USPS Malware Email


Importance Notice

After considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.

These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.

Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.

And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.

When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.

I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.

A Big Thank You

I would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.

I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.

Closing Date

Hoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.

Thank you, one and all!

Brett Christensen,
Hoax-Slayer