COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- A new email scam is hitting Southwest Florida inboxes- this one, claiming to be from the U.S. Postal Service. But one click could compromise the safety of your computer and personal data.
Postal inspectors warn- one single clickcan be potentially catastrophic for your computer. The USPS scam asks you to open a link to find out when you can expect or reschedule a certified mail delivery date.
"Once that happens, then all your keystrokes on your keyboard can be monitored by someone, someplace," Iberia Bank Scam Expert Keith Dameron said Friday.
Dameron says that someplace is likely far from Southwest Florida. He finds most of the scammers are based in Canada, the UK, and Spain, and target entities Americans trust.
"The scammers try to find businesses that have wide recognition, so that when you see it, you're immediately curious as to what it's about," Dameron explained.
Dameron says by secretly installing spyware in the attachment, scammers can steal personal data from passwords to bank account numbers.
The USPS says this isn't the first time they've been targeted.
"In the past, they were sending something similar saying, 'We have a package for you, we've tried to deliver it. We need your help. Please click on this link to re-deliver your parcel," USPS Spokesperson Debbie Mitchell said Friday.
One simple way to protect yourself: be weary of what hits your inbox.
"These organizations are aware these scams are happening everyday. So they do not ask for this information by email," Dameron said.
The U.S. Postal Service reinforces they never ask for personal information over email.
The first reported case of this scam has already hit Southwest Florida, in the East Fort Myers area.