Alvarez said she has had one phone call from a man saying he had received an email from the United State Postal Service, requesting that he confirm a name and address. The email informed the man that he had a package at the Beeville Post Office.
Several weeks ago, a woman also called the post office to say she had received a phone call, and the caller had requested the same information.
“We don’t make phone calls,” Alvarez said. “We don’t send emails. We leave a written notice at the recipient’s address letting them know we have a package.”
“Never give out personal information to anyone who says they’re from the post office,” Alvarez warned.
Alvarez suspects that the individuals behind the calls and emails are trying to scam the recipients by gaining their personal information.
This is a particularly dangerous time of year for possible identification theft, because many postal service patrons could be expecting packages to arrive in the mail.
Alvarez said that if anyone has a question about an email or phone call from the USPS, they are welcome to call her at 358-3727, but never give out any of the information that is being requested.
If someone receives a notice of a package waiting at the post office, all that is required is that the recipient bring that notice to the post office. The postal employee at the service desk will hand over the package.
Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.