That email warning you about your missing package is a fake…and the only thing they’re delivering is a virus!

Who Is It Targeting: Email users

What Is It: Spoofed email that contains a virus

What Are They After: Spoofed emails are nothing new. In fact, they’re one of the more common scams. But this email has what many phishing emails don’t have, namely a recognizable company name and email address, relatively acceptable grammar and spelling, and a quick deadline for you to take action.

This email claims to come from the US Postal Service, informing you that they tried to deliver a package but couldn’t. That’s odd enough since they don’t email you this information; instead, the mail carrier leaves a thin postcard-sized slip with that information. The message even contains a phony “parcel number,” which the USPS also doesn’t use. Most telling of all, the email states you must have Microsoft Word installed on your computer in order to open the link and correct your information.

How Can You Avoid It:

  • Macro-based viruses depend on software like Microsoft Word to infect your computer.
  • Never click a link or open an attachment in a message unless you were specifically expecting it.
  • Even a little poor grammar is a sure sign that this email did not come from a well-known company.

If you think you may be a victim of identity theft, contact the Identity Theft Resource Center for toll-free, no-cost assistance at (888) 400-5530. Find more information about current scams and alerts here. For full details of this scam check out this article from IDTheftCenter.org.


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