Thursday, July 17, 2008

Fake UPS emails with virus

Please be aware of fake emails from the United Parcel Service (UPS) that attempt to trick you to open an attachment.

The fraudulent email has the subject "UPS packet N3621583925", and claims that a package sent by you could not be delivered due to an incorrect shipping address. Attached is a .zip file that contains a virus disguised a Microsoft Word document with names like "UPS_invoice". Once opened, the virus attacks the Microsoft Windows operating system and Microsoft Internet Explorer web browser.

UPS has sent an official email warning customers:
We have become aware there is a fraudulent e-mail being sent that says it is coming from UPS and leads the reader to believe that a UPS shipment could not be delivered. The reader is advised to open an attachment reportedly containing a waybill for the shipment to be picked up. This e-mail attachment contains a virus. We recommend that you do not open the attachment, but delete the e-mail immediately.

Always be careful when receiving suspicious emails that instruct you to open attachments--email attachment is one of the most popular ways to spread malware. If you receive an email from UPS and you're curious about its authenticity, please contact customerservice@ups.com.

Source: ars technica