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Tue May 14, 2019, 07:20 PM

New scam? USPS HOLD MAIL

I was stopping the mail while we'll be out of town.
I searched "USPS HOLD MAIL".
The first hit was this: "Hold Mail Request | Schedule Your Hold Mail Online"
Just what I was looking for.
I clicked on it.

Took me to a website where I filled in the standard stuff; dates, name, address, etc.
Hit the submit button and got "There will be a one time charge of $9.99 for this service."
WHA?
BULLSHIT!
Then I looked at the web address.
www.usholdmail.com

I cancelled and went to the usps.com website.
Don't fall for this.

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Reply New scam? USPS HOLD MAIL (Original post)
trof May 14 OP
elleng May 14 #1
trof May 14 #2
elleng May 14 #3
Sherman A1 May 14 #4
Cattledog May 14 #5
global1 May 14 #7
Auggie May 14 #10
trof Thursday #17
likesmountains 52 May 14 #6
Delmette2.0 May 14 #8
SCVDem May 14 #9
groundloop May 14 #11
elfin May 14 #12
yaesu May 14 #13
Smackdown2019 May 14 #14
eggplant May 14 #15
question everything May 14 #16

Response to trof (Original post)

Tue May 14, 2019, 07:22 PM

1. THANKS!

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Response to elleng (Reply #1)

Tue May 14, 2019, 07:31 PM

2. Hey ellen!

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Response to trof (Reply #2)

Tue May 14, 2019, 07:33 PM

3. HEY, trof!

Sadly not planning to travel far, but good info.

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Response to trof (Original post)

Tue May 14, 2019, 07:34 PM

4. Thanks for posting

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Response to trof (Original post)

Tue May 14, 2019, 07:37 PM

5. They got part of what they wanted.

Your name, address & email. Always check!

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Response to Cattledog (Reply #5)

Tue May 14, 2019, 07:41 PM

7. Now They Know When You Will Not Be Home.....

You might want to contact the local police and explain what happened to you and ask them to be extra vigilant in watching your house when you are gone. Also - let the neighbors know to keep and eye on your house as well.

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Response to global1 (Reply #7)

Tue May 14, 2019, 08:33 PM

10. THIS

Smart thinking.

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Response to Cattledog (Reply #5)

Thu May 16, 2019, 08:16 PM

17. Yeah, I figured that out. Called our PD.

They'll monitor the house while we're gone.
Plus good neighbors and Neighborhood Watch, which I highly recommend.

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Response to trof (Original post)

Tue May 14, 2019, 07:38 PM

6. I fell for something similar trying to renew license plates in Colorado.

Following the instructions that came in the mail, I clicked on the first link "Renew Colorado License", filled out the form and was asked to pay $19.99...scams everywhere.

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Response to trof (Original post)

Tue May 14, 2019, 08:26 PM

8. A similar thing happens when you change your address.

Please pay attention to the actual website!!

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Response to trof (Original post)

Tue May 14, 2019, 08:33 PM

9. I got knicked $60

just for a change of address.

Off to my CU and file a fraud report and got my money back.

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Response to trof (Original post)

Tue May 14, 2019, 08:38 PM

11. Don'tcha just love 'free enterprise'?

Shit like this needs to be regulated out of existence..... yet another reason we need Democrats to win back control of our government.

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Response to trof (Original post)

Tue May 14, 2019, 08:53 PM

12. That wasn't the real USPS

You need to scrutinize the URL to make sure it is the government PO and not another site posing as USPS.

The only thing the PO charges is $1 for a change of address and forwarding for a stretch of time.

The PO isn't a scam, but the sites posing as the PO are.

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Response to trof (Original post)

Tue May 14, 2019, 09:16 PM

13. yep, be careful, I go to the USPS site, sign in, & navigate from there, lots of frauds out there

when we have a criminal in charge.

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Response to trof (Original post)

Tue May 14, 2019, 09:17 PM

14. Website

USPS.Com is the site to goto for all services from holding mail, inform delivery setup, passports, calculate postage for packages, and etc. Only charges the website will deduct for your credit or debit card is if you use the online change of address service, which is a $1. Reason is to ensure you are the person requesting the C.O.A. through your card, to prevent fraud.

As for all other websites, when paying online, verify that the website is real and not a knockoff of a site you are truly are seeking. If unsure, call the institution you seek to verify that the website is theirs. Do not use the phone number the unsure website is providing to you. As for USPS, 1 800 ASK USPS is the phone number.

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Response to trof (Original post)

Tue May 14, 2019, 09:37 PM

15. Even worse...

...you are telling the scammers when you will be out of town.

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Response to trof (Original post)

Tue May 14, 2019, 09:54 PM

16. After the disaster that I had with Microsoft Office, when I googled the site

and ended up giving scammers access to my computer - but thankfully managed to abort it - I no longer use google when I can.

Earlier I paid my property tax online. I started googling for the county property tax site but then realized that I had the address on the statement and entered it directly into the URL window.

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