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Postal Service warns of "change of address" scam

Posted: 5:00 PM, Jun 28, 2013
Updated: 2013-06-28 17:00:00-04
Postal Service

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) -- The U.S. Postal Service is warning people about a scam targeting those who are changing their addresses.

Complaint-submission website Scambook.com says they've gotten more than 300 complaints from consumers about "change of address" sites centralized in Florida, California, Arizona, Oregon, Washington state, and Texas.

Representatives with Scambook.com say these websites claim to represent the U.S. Postal Service and are charging people anywhere from $17 to $24 to help consumers register new addresses.

Stephen Seewoester says the best advice for consumers is to always go to the official U.S. Postal Service website or visit your local Post Office when changing your address. Seewoester says when using the USPS website there is a $1 verification fee but there are no monthly charges or subscription fees.  

 Scambook.com also recommends consumers read all of the fine print and terms of service carefully before committing to a transaction to avoid hidden fees. They also suggest consumers contact all banking institutions, existing subscriptions and other bill collecting services directly to inform them of the new address.