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USPS is warning employees and contractors about a new scam: quishing

February 13, 2024

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You’ve heard of phishing, but do you know about quishing?

The latest cybersecurity scam occurs when you receive an email that contains a QR code and instructions to scan it to address a problem, such as reentering your credit card number because the payment on a recent online purchase didn’t go through.

However, scanning the code actually takes you to the website of a fraudster looking to steal your information.

Like phishing emails, quishing messages often contain a sense of urgency. Other telltale warning signs may be misspellings and a reference to scanning the QR code to enable two-factor authentication.

The Postal Service wants employees and contractors to avoid quishing scams by proceeding with caution whenever they receive an email that contains a QR code.

Previewing the website behind the code before clicking and using a QR code scanner that contains built-in security features are two useful protocols to follow.

The CyberSafe at USPS Blue and LiteBlue pages have additional tips and guidance on avoiding cybersecurity scams.

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