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Fake USPS Change of Address Site
Posted by Wjk898 on 05/13/2013
CALIFORNIA -- Bing Search Engine has done it again. A fake site that looks like the USPS change of address page and says nothing to the contrary charges you $39.95 never said it did; and far as I know, never told the USPS of my address change. Beware! And don't use Bing. This is the second time I was led to a phony site that was dressed up to look authentic. They come up first, and sometimes exclusively on Bing.

The last time I had to close a credit card account because of a fraudulent site listed on Bing. And I have been using the net for purchases etc for 10+ years.

     
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Posted by clutzycook on 2013-05-13:
What did you type in to get that site listed first?
Posted by Old Timer on 2013-05-13:
"USPS change of address" will show "MyChangeAddress.com/USPS" as the #1 result. Easy to see it's not the USPS, but if you're not paying close attention you can end up at a scam/phish site www.mychangeaddress.com. Not sure if Bing is in on the cash scam, but they should have USPS come up first. Not the "USPS Change of Address Service" site.

~JMHO~
Posted by wjk898 on 2013-05-13:
I typed in "USPS" as I always have. I change addresses twice every year. I thought the USPS had a slight format change in the form and otherwise the site looked authentic. They get you by asking for your credit card just like the USPS does to authenticate yourself.
Posted by nikalseyn on 2013-05-13:
If you don't use a virus program like Avast, do so. I use Avast as it is free and very good. It catches potential or known fraudulent sites and warns you immediately. You need to verify the web address when you go to a site and it asks you for any personal info. Look at it in your browser. The USPS website is USPS.GOV.
I don't understand why you would use a search engine to get to a site like the USPS. Perhaps you should write the correct site name/address down and keep it for the next time you wish to change your address? Also, why complain about Bing and just don't use it? I set my browser(Firefox)to enable me to choose the search engine. I have Yahoo, Startpage and a couple others as choices. Never Bing. I do not like it. By the way, Startpage is great as it does not store any of your information on what you have searched for. The others keep a record.
Posted by wjk898 on 2013-05-14:
New computer and haven't gotten around yet to tweaking the browser. It is not as easy to do in this new Windows program like it once was. But I do agree with your point.
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