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Red flags

Know the signs of a suspicious email

Are you familiar with examples of questionable emails?

The Postal Service is reminding employees and contractors to use caution when receiving emails with phrases such as “It’s urgent, respond immediately.”

Phrases encouraging an immediate reply are one example of a red flag indicating an email could be suspect.

Other email red flags include:

An email address not matching the sender’s name. This is an indication of an unsafe email.

A warning on the email that it originates from outside the organization. All emails coming into the network display “CAUTION: This email originated from outside USPS. STOP and CONSIDER before responding, clicking on links, or opening attachments.”

Suspicious links in the body of the email. Don’t click on any URLs or hyperlinked text if you are unsure of the sender.

If you have received a suspicious email, click on the “Report to CyberSafe” button in the top right of your email and a pop-up box will appear with instructions.

A BlueTube video has step-by-step instructions on how to report a suspicious email.

The CyberSafe at USPS Blue and LiteBlue pages, as well as well as its Monthly Awareness Campaigns page, have additional information.