Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Be Aware - New spam mail going around imposing as the US Post Office

I was just watching WCNC news (that is my favorite local news station), and it was just now talking about new spam going about, for the first time it is posing as the US Postal Service.

The strain of reported emails says what you might expect. It says that you have a package, that might be far away from your current location, and wants you to go and get it. It says that you have to pay extra for the package staying at the postal location.

Here is when the bad part is -- it wants you to click a link, which most likely carries a virus or some other sort of infection. And did I mention that the email might have very weird characters (weird black spaces between words, etc.)?

The US Postal Service has said that if there is an email sent out from them to you, if any, it will ask you to come to your local location. It will not want you to click on weird links, and it will not ask you for any personal information.

If you think that you have been a victim of this scam, please contact your local law enforcement, and your local news if you want to report it. If you think that you might have been infected with a virus, I suggest you run a virus scan. If you do not have anti virus software, do not want to renew a subscription to a virus vendor, do not want to pay for anti virus software, I personally recommend that you use Microsoft Security Essentials. I personally use this on my PC, as well as my families PC's, and I have never had a problem from it, and never have gotten calls about an infection. I also recommend you run MalwareBytes' Anti-Malware free edition once a month, just in case. DO NOT run both MSE and MalwareBytes' in real time. Run MSE in real time, and run MalwareBytes' as an extra app.

Let me know of your thoughts below.