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USPS Delivery Package Failure Virus

Updated on January 31, 2017

Today I received an email with the following text:

Hello,
Your item has arrived at Tue, 31 Jan 2017 16:00:10 +0100, but our courier
was not able to deliver the parcel.
You can find more details in this e-mail attachment!

Sincerely.
Liuka Della - USPS Senior Support Manager.


Immediately, I thought about all the packages I may have ordered and what might have happened to the one item I returned to Amazon a few weeks back. I was using my phone so wasn't sure a .zip attachment would even open and then realized that wait a minute, I haven't used USPS in practically a year.


I quickly turned to the internet to see if this may be a hoax. Sure enough, Snopes confirms similar stories, but nothing in the last year. After running my own virus scan on the attachment, I can confirm that it is indeed a virus and this hoax is back for more.

If you receive an email similar to this, do not open the attachment, and honestly, don't even open the email. Mark it as spam and move on.

What to do if you opened the attachment:

If you opened the attachment, immediately run a virus scan on your computer and follow any instructions given for removal of any viruses. Then, follow up with a scan for malware and spyware using a program like Malwarebytes and, again, follow any instructions given. To be safe, I'd then run the virus scan using your anti-virus boot time options just to ensure complete removal.

I don't know how serious the virus (or malware) may be, but I do know that even simple viruses can cause havoc for a computer. It's best to remove them as quickly and completely as possible as soon as you've been made aware.

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      Pam McElprang 9 months ago from somewhere in the mountains of Idaho

      Absolutely! I think the email caught me off-guard because I had recently ordered a bunch of items from Amazon (and even sent back a return). That's the scary part though - even when you know that email attachments from an unknown source are dangerous, something simple can foil everything.

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      Anthony Goodley 9 months ago from Sheridan, WY

      Unless an email originates from a trusted friend AND you were expecting them to send you something never open email attachments, never ever ever. More viruses are spread via email attachments I would bet than any other source.