I Fell For It

Episode #799

May 25, 2024

The Post Office lost my Notre Dame University class ring.
I mailed it to Balfour (the manufacturer) to be resized.


Four days after mailing my ring the tracking stalled. Eight days later I reported the problem to the USPS. I heard nothing from the Postal Service for 10 days until they sent me an email survey asking what I thought of their service regarding my tracking number and claim.

Since my ring was still missing, my review was not stellar.

About that time I was expecting another unrelated package via USPS which was on its way, but slow.

I received a text that read:

USPS: Client, we have problems with your shipping address, please update your information.
Tracking Number: US2566901185421.
Click Here: https://usps.epsis.com.

(the above details have been changed and redacted for your safety).

In my grief over losing my class ring and with the other slow package on my mind I assumed that this message had something to do with one of those cases.

I hastily clicked the link.

The page where I landed was a perfect clone of the USPS postal website.

There I was asked to verify my address and submit a credit card number to pay for additional postage (30 cents), which I did.

All the Indian signs were there.

  1.  The domain of the link was epsis, not usps (note the order of the URL).
  2. The top level domain was .co, not .com.
  3. The postal service will never give a link for you to click.
  4. There is never an additional charge to correct a mailing address.

    As I logged off I had a bad feeling about what I had just done.

I navigated to https://www.usps.com/manage/informed-delivery.htm (the real USPS website). Using the tracking tool I entered the tracking number from the text message. The result was a statement that this tracking number is known by USPS to be used by scammers.

Oh s**t!

I immediately called my bank and cancelled my credit card. They cancelled my card and issued a new one on the spot. On the bank website I found my new virtual card with the number, expiration date and cvv code. I then contacted the dozen or so accounts which use my credit card for automatic payments. I was able to change my card on all of their websites.

In my case there were no real consequences from the scamming. I was only without my physical card for a couple of days. Everyone will not be so lucky. I broke every rule I have taught for 30 years. Whenever you get a message from an institution where you have an account, do not click on a link. Always navigate to their website on your own, sign in normally and see if there really is a problem.

It is not always ignorance that drives you into the lap of the scammers. It might be haste. In my case it was the haste of concern and grief over losing my class ring.

There is a postscript to this story. I contacted the ring company that makes the Notre Dame class rings and ordered a new one in my original style. The new ring is now on my finger in its perpetual place of honor.


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