Postal Police: beware of fake emails

Postal Police: beware of fake emails

Postal Police

The Postal Police has warned users to pay attention to the emails received. In fact, for a few days new phishing attempts have been underway through false communications from the Revenue Agency. A link contained in the message leads to a website that collects various personal data.

Fake emails from the Revenue Agency

The bad guys exploited the economic crisis following the outbreak of the COVID pandemic- 19. Several users have been misled by the sender of the emails that appear to come from the Revenue Agency. The subject "Refund Notice" indicates the amount of money that would be paid following the completion of a form.

The email, written in a rather questionable Italian, contains the link "Access to refund". When clicked by the unsuspecting user, a web page opens with the words "COVID 19 - EXCEPTIONAL MEASURES FOR BUSINESSES AND WORKERS". However, it is not a question of tax refunds or COVID-19 indemnities (however provided by INPS), but only of a phishing attempt.

On the aforementioned page there is a form that is used only to collect personal data of users. The Postal Police reminds that the Revenue Agency does not send emails containing links. Furthermore, all information on the services offered can be found on the official website.

Source: Postal Police

Birmingham man pleads guilty for fraud on fallen Huntsville Police Officer’s memorial fund

a man and woman standing in front of a mirror posing for the camera: Devonte Lemond Hammonds of Birmingham © Provided by Huntsville-Decatur WAFF Devonte Lemond Hammonds of Birmingham

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WAFF) - Devonte Lemond Hammonds of Birmingham pleaded guilty Friday to fraud on customers of the U.S. Postal Service, and fraud on the memorial fund set up to provide aid to the family of a fallen Huntsville Police officer.

In December 2019, Hammonds fraudulently planned to take money from the Billy Clardy Memorial Fund.  Clardy was a Huntsville Police officer killed in the line of duty in 2019.  After Officer Clardy’s death, a memorial fund was established to collect contributions and provide aid to his family.

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According to a release form the Alabama Department of Justice, Hammonds, 27, pleaded guilty to one count of access device fraud and one count of wire fraud.

According to the plea agreement, Hammonds used the identity of another person to open a bank account and transfer funds from the Memorial Fund bank account to a fake account for his own use.

The investigation proved Hammonds used the U.S. Postal Service website to reroute mail from numerous U.S. Postal Service customers to an addresses in Birmingham that he could access, he then used the rerouted mail to find personal information of those customers, and used that information to pay bills, make purchases, and open new accounts.

The maximum penalty for access device fraud is ten years in prison and a $250,000 fine.  The maximum penalty for wire fraud affecting a financial institution is thirty years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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