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      Computer virus going postal; don't open that email

      Be careful about opening emails that appear to be from the Postal Service regarding missed or intercepted packages.

      If you receive an email notice informing you that you have missed a package delivery from the Postal Service, think twice before opening it.

      Postal officials say a dangerous email is being circulated indicating that customers have either missed a package or had a package intercepted.

      When the email is opened, customers are asked to click on a link for further information at which time a program hidden in the email invades the consumer's computer with a malicious virus that can steal personal information.

      Columbia Postmaster Mark Rask says several area customers have been the subject of the scam attempt.

      He says your best bet is to delete the emails unopened.