An e-mail scam has been making its rounds lately. If you receive a message with a subject similar to "United Parcel Service notification," do not open and run the attachment contained within. The message body will probably look something like this:
The parcel was sent your home address. And it will arrive within 7 business day.
More information and the tracking number are attached in document below.
Once again, do not open the file that is attached to this e-mail message, as it contains a malicious program.
Actual e-mails from UPS and other shipping services typically include company branding and, in the case of e-mails containing tracking information, a link to their web site directly in the message body rather than attachments. For your protection, we highly recommend visiting the tracking web site (i.e. UPS, FedEx, USPS, or DHL) and manually entering tracking numbers when making tracking inquiries, as e-mail links can be spoofed or manipulated.
Additionaly, be wary of any e-mails that contain misspellings, grammatical errors, or confusing wording, as that is typically a clear sign of a forgery. The e-mail quoted above has a few errors, one of which is using the phrase "7 business day" rather than "7 business days."
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