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Something’s phishy

Tips offered to identify online scams

The CyberSafe at USPS team has tips to protect you from phishing scams.
The CyberSafe at USPS team has tips to protect you from phishing scams.

You just received an email from another department requesting your login password. Is the email legitimate or is it a phishing attempt?

To help you know the difference, the CyberSafe at USPS team reminds you that signs of phishing emails include misspellings and grammatical errors, a link or URL that requests immediate action, and requests for login credentials or passwords.

If you suspect an email is a phishing attempt, report it to the CyberSecurity Operations Center using one of two options:

• Option 1. Send suspicious emails as an attachment in Outlook by pressing the “Control,” “Alt” and “F” keys simultaneously to create a new email message with the suspicious email attached. Then send the new email to

The suspicious email must be sent as an attachment. Don’t simply forward it.

• Option 2. Send suspicious emails by clicking the “More” pull-down menu near the “Forward” option in the Outlook toolbar. Select “Forward as Attachment” and send it to

Always delete the suspicious email from your inbox after you report it.

The CyberSafe at USPS Blue site has additional information, including an informational sheet called “The Right Way to Report Phishing Incidents” that you can download.

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