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The fraudulent US Post Office websites received nearly the same amount of visitors as the actual website.

Fake USPS websites, designed to steal people’s sensitive information and payment data through phishing, get almost as much traffic as the actual USPS website. During the holiday season, the real USPS site records less traffic than its impersonators.

This is according to a new report from cybersecurity researchers Akamai Technologies, who warned consumers to be skeptical whenever shopping online, and to always keep the idea of fraud on their mind.

In a report published on BleepingComputer, it was said that between October 2023 and February 2024 Akamai’s researchers observed impersonated USPS sites getting 1,128,146 queries, while the actual site got 1,181,235 queries. Between November and December specifically, fake sites got even more traffic, as hackers ramped up their efforts during the holiday season.

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