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Scam could install virus on your computer

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A scam alert to report as people have been receiving emails that claim to be from the U.S. Postal Service about a missed package delivery.

The message offers a link that, when opened, installs a malicious virus on your computer.

TV5 employee Dan Jacalone says he could've been a scam victim.

Jacalone got an e-mail from someone claiming to be with the U.S. Postal Service.

"It just basically stated that no one was home. They tried to deliver a parcel. And so I click on the link to download a label and bring it in to your nearest post office. And I thought, well this is kind of odd," says Jacalone.

Jacalone's suspicions were right. The U.S.P.S. tells tv5 that this e-mail is a scam. It contains a virus that can harm your computer and steal personal information from your pc.

Representatives from the U.S.P.S. say when you miss a package, they do things the old fashioned way. Instead of sending you an e-mail, they'll give you a notification right in your mailbox.

Postal Service spokeswoman Sabrina Todd wants people to know what to be on the lookout for.

The e-mail will contain poor grammar, spelling errors. It'll state immediate action has to be taken. It will request personal information but this is not from us.

Todd says the Postal Service is doing everything they can to find the people behind the scam. Meanwhile, Jacalone says he's fortunate he's not a victim. Telling TV5 he's glad we're getting the word out.

If you have questions or would like to report a scam, email to the postal service or just call 1-800-275-8777.

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