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‘Don’t click the link!’: USPS warns of ‘smishing’ scam involving fake texts sent with phony links

LOS ANGELES - Have you recently received an unsolicited mobile text message claiming to be from the United States Postal Service?

If so, USPS says you may have been the target of a  "smishing," scam in which criminals send text messages with phony links claiming to be from the government. "If you never signed up for a USPS tracking request for a specific package, then don’t click the link!" USPS wrote in a press release on April 30. "Smishing is a form of phishing that involves a text message of phone number, according to the USPS.

The fraudulent text is used to lure the recipient into providing sensitive and personal information. The USPS says it offers many tools to track mail but customers who use these services are required to either.

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