The Santa Rosa County Sheriffs Office Crime Prevention is warning the public about a fictitious e-mail going around. It appears to be from the United States Postal Service, but it is not.

With holiday shipping just around the corner, the Sheriff’s office is warning you to be aware of e-mails that appear to come from the USPS or other well-known shipping companies.

These bogus e-mails contain a link or attachment that, when opened, installs a malicious virus that can steal personal from your PC. The e-mails claim to be from the U.S. Postal Service and contain fraudulent information about an attempted or intercepted

Package, online postal charges, erroneous addresses, or instructions on how to print your very own shipping label by clicking on a link or attachment.

But don’t do it!  One click of the mouse and you could activate a virus that will steal your user name, password, financial information and much more. Instead delete the message and report these span e-mails to

The U.S, Postal Service des offer consumers a way to create and print a mailing label online through Click-N-Ship, but you must first go to their Website where you will be or create an account using a username and password