Fake USPS emails spread malware these days
Right now many computers worldwide suffer because of a serious virus that is being spread via fake United States Postal Service e-mails (fake USPS emails). This virus is implanted into special attachment with .zip, .exe or .pdf extensions. Unwary users who open these attachments thus initialize and execute the virus software. This is how the malware program gets installed onto the infected workstation. The purpose of this post is to warn you to be extremely careful if you ever receive one of such suspicious emails with infected attachments. Either you expect or don’t expect any letter, parcel or any other notice to come from your friends, colleagues or relatives via USPS services, make sure to check the authenticity of such messages. You need to be 100 % positive that the e-mails you receive from USPS company are indeed originated by it. Otherwise you have serious grounds not to trust the contents of such bogus e-mails. In fact, in such cases you must ignore them completely, delete them and run full scan of your computer with reliable anti-virus program GridinSoft Trojan Killer.
Here are some examples of the above-mentioned fake USPS e-mails with virus attachments:
Your parcel has arrived at the post office on February 6.
Our Driver was unable to deliver the parcel to your address.
To receive a parcel you must go to the nearest USPS office and show your post label.
The post label is attached to this letter.
From: “U.S. Postal Service”
Subject: USPS Delivery Failure Notification
File attached: USPS report.exe (21 KB)
Unfortunately we failed to deliver the postal package you have sent on the 4th of February in time because the recipient’s address is erroneous.
Please print out the shipment label attached and collect the package at our office.
United States Postal Service”
There can be many other examples of such fictitious e-mails allegedly from USPS company. Thus, when you receive them be extremely careful lest you launch the virus executable. If you open the attached file the virus would infect your PC with a horrible malware application. Some users mistakenly treat this email as serious. Indeed, it often looks quite authentic. Moreover, even the world’s largest and well-known anti-viruses sometimes fail to timely detect this serious cyber infection and to terminate its installation onto computer with compromised security. In the same manner some firewall applications often tend to allow these malicious e-mails to enter computer, without users realizing that this is a virus and not true email from USPS. Often they cannot remove this virus, sometimes they even decide to completely format the hard drive of their PC and reinstall their operating system. However, this virus does not remove the files and other important data from infected computers, in spite of the fact that they might seem removed. There is an option to restore them, since the virus keeps their backup copies in a specially designated folder created by it. Reinstalling the operating system is the way how some users managed to get rid of this scam, however, this is not the best way of deleting it. You may remove this malware sample using the reliable anti-virus program or several additional tricks we’ve described in this article below. Therefore, this post for today is a serious warning for all who are not yet aware of this virus. You can get in touch with USPS office and make inquiries whether any mail you may receive from USPS is indeed originated by them.
So, be very careful when you receive any suspicious e-mails supposedly from USPS. Check whether this is exactly so before opening them. Otherwise this lack of caution on your part may result in bountiful types of infections residing on your computer. The most common type of infection that can be spread via fake USPS delivery failure notifications is known as fake HDD programs (fake hard drive defragmenters or fake system optimizers. However, we have also been able to trace MultiRogue 2013 fake anti-spyware applications to be spread using such bogus USPS emails. When it comes to fake HDD applications spreading via bogus USPS attachments, they bring the total turmoil to infected computers, resulting in the entire desktop becoming blank, files, folders, icons, shortcuts and programs in the Start menu hidden.
To sum up the above-mentioned information, you must delete such fake USPS message once you receive it. If you have any questions regarding such suspicious postal email or spam please direct it to the US Postal Inspection Service at firstname.lastname@example.org. Finally, if you have any delivery problems or questions, please call 800-ASK-USPS.