Submitted: I Almost Got Scammed

Dear Lakewood Scoop:

I’m usually pretty careful about these things. I’ve been following all these scam alerts on TLS for a long time and thought it would never happen to me.

This time I was caught off guard and almost became a victim of a scam.

Here’s how it went down.

It was Erev Pesach and a lot was happening. I had an important package which I desperately needed to arrive before yomtov. So I went down to the post office and dropped off my package.

A few hours later, I get a text. This is an important message from USPS .There was a problem with the address of the package you dropped off, click here to correct:

Oh no I said, “I must’ve been a digit off!” I guess I was just nervous before yomtov and not thinking.

So I clicked on the button, everything seemed ok. It was a real working USPS website and all the buttons seemed real.

A pop up window arrives and asked me for the shipping address. It also asked me for the tracking number.

Then it gave me the option to pay an additional .14 to guarantee tomorrow’s delivery. I thought, .14 is a Bargain let’s do it and I clicked it.

Then they asked for my credit card info etc.

I provided that all!(gevalt)

Then it asked me for a TIN number.

What’s a TIN number? That’s weird?

I googled it and saw it meant my social.

Now I got nervous, why would usps want my social.

I cut and pasted the entire link and saw it was all just a scam. HaShem saved me and I never had pressed send.

Don’t let this happen to you!

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  1. I got this message today, but being that my filter doesnt let me access these websites, I typed it into the computer ,and it told me that this URL address is not working.

  2. Got this today
    USPS won’t send you a text from a random 607 number
    And won’t send a text unless you have consented to receive text messages

  3. I got scammed!! It asked me for just a credit card number I gave it and then motzei pesach Found out that it was used multiple times on pesach for around $1000 worth. Due to the fact it was a credit card I didn’t lose anything my CC company reimbursed me.

    It really looks like a legit website.

  4. Tip to clip-never click on a link in a text message or email unless you know for sure it’s legit (especially from a random area code).
    If this happens again-think if you gave usps your cell phone number to get updates.
    I don’t know it helps anything, but if anyone uses At&t, there’s a number (7726) that you can forward the text to if you know it’s spam.

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