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Scammers target Valentine’s Day shoppers

The CyberSafe at USPS site has tips to protect yourself from scammers this Valentine’s Day.

Sweethearts are searching online for the perfect Valentine’s gift.

Scammers are searching too — for your credit card and personal information.

While online shopping offers one-click ease, the convenience can sometimes come at a high cost. Holidays are prime opportunities for cyber criminals to take advantage of unsuspecting shoppers.

The CyberSafe at USPS  team offers these tips:

  • Only buy from known sites and avoid URLs with spelling mistakes.
  • Be suspicious of opening email attachments advertising extremely low prices.
  • Keep a record of your online orders in case your purchase doesn’t arrive and your credit card is charged.
  • Check your bank statements. If there’s an unknown charge, report it to your bank immediately.

Protect your postal information as well. When using USPS email accounts, look out for suspicious emails and avoid clicking on unknown messages, links or attachments.

Email or call 866-USPS-CIRT (866-877-7247) to report online security incidents.

The CyberSafe at USPS site has additional holiday guidance.

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