This fake USPS email tries to get you to download and open an attachment. Under no circumstances should you do so. Flag the message as spam and delete it right away. In other variations of this scam you might be prompted to click on a link, again simply flag as spam and delete the message. If you clicked on any links or downloaded/opened the attachment you should scan for viruses and other threats as soon as you can. Did you receive this scam?

Version 1

Notification

Our company’s courier couldn’t make the delivery of package.

REASON: Postal code contains an error.
LOCATION OF YOUR PARCEL: New York
DELIVERY STATUS: sort order
SERVICE: One-day Shipping
NUMBER OF YOUR PARCEL: LIN6RLRXCF
FEATURES: No

Label is enclosed to the letter.
Print a label and show it at your post office.

An additional information:
If the parcel isn’t received within 30 working days our company will have the right to claim compensation from you for it’s keeping in the amount of $8.26 for each day of keeping of it.
You can find the information about the procedure and conditions of parcels keeping in the nearest office.
Thank you for using our services.
USPS Global.

Version 2

From: “U.S. Postal Service”
Subject: USPS Delivery Failure Notification
File attached: USPS report.zip (20 KB)

Body:

Hello!

Unfortunately we failed to deliver the postal package you have sent on the 19th of September 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

I Got This Scam. What should I do now?

208 comments
abby
abby

i got this message #2, i additionally have a package that is lost and still waiting on the usps to refund or find and mail my package. abbyclasses@gmail.com

Alex S
Alex S

Bit of a strange one this - I ordered something online and that's quite rare for me. The thing I ordered arrived on the 10th of September 2014, and on that same day I got one of these spam messages saying they couldn't make the delivery on the 10th of September. What I'm curious to know is whether the spammers somehow knew I was going to receive a package on that day? The spam was sent by "USPS" and the deliverer of the package in real life was UPS (GROUND). As I say, I rarely order things online and this is the first such spam message I received. Is it just coincidence or did the spammers know?

FleurBellVanZeeVandenBos
FleurBellVanZeeVandenBos

I was sent this email yesterday & I live in Australia. I'm waiting for a parcel & thought it was that.

HelenNZ
HelenNZ

Hi - received this today and being in New  Zealand thought it would probably be a scam.  Also seemed a very basic notification - which made me check it out and came across this site. Thanks - it is now deleted.

Liz
Liz

Got this about 18 months ago and again today, so still doing the rounds. Fortunately went straight into spam and I deleted without opening any attachments. In my experience if a courier can't deliver because they can't find my address they phone me for directions. I live in a rural area and it seems my house is hard to find. 

economy shipping
economy shipping

I received this today:  sent by "economy shipping" it read:  Notification


Your parcel has arrived at June 2nd, 2014. Courier was unable to deliver the parcel to you.

Print your label and show it in the nearest post office to get a parcel.  

Constantly Harrassed
Constantly Harrassed

5/29/2014  FYI it's still happening.

  Just received similiar requesting I print shipping label.  Also includes advertisments, news headlines Brazilian Supreme Head Court to Retire, (likely a throw off). Dec 2013 I fell for the Microsoft Telephone fraud luckily with help from google (who helped me realize I had been had) and Bank of America's anti-fraud policy, I won back my money.  

 59yo professional caucasian lady

johnd1041
johnd1041

I received this yesterday. I did click the Print button but Chrome caught it and told me to delete it. Thanks Chrome.


I was a little suspect because we never have problems with deliveries at out house, and the wording of the message was not perfect English. Also the address in the print link was from Austrailia

Jim Culp
Jim Culp

Unfortunately I clicked on the link to print the label and that sent the scammers my address book. 

guest
guest

Today's date: May 8, 2014


Got this email, it was in my spam box. Return address: <customer.id17@dcsserver.com.au>


I knew better than to open it. I came here to warn others by posting info.

canemah
canemah

I just found one way to at least check for foreign spammers. Just cut and paste only the name of the mail server and bingo. I seriously doubt that the USPS sends out notices from Venezuela, such as the one I just received.  Note, eliminate the quotation marks around it.

Hotmailuser
Hotmailuser

I received this email today in Hotmail.  Will delete.

Nic
Nic

their latest layout..

RichardinSanJo
RichardinSanJo

After 8 pm on April 23, 2014, I received an email claiming to report a failed attempt to deliver a parcel on April 20, 2014 (a SUNDAY!). Instructions were to print out a mailing label and bring it to local post office to retrieve the parcel.

I know the USPS does not deliver on Sundays, and I did not recognize the sender's email address, so I deleted it.  Sender's email address was: customer_id92@viel-falt.net.

Luckyman1
Luckyman1

We received this and the link was opened on the iPhone 5 mail program. (The link says the server was "down"). Does our phone now have the mal-ware? Or is it resident in the particular mail program (Earthlink)?

margaretinspain
margaretinspain

Thanks for all the info, I had two last night and when you look at them properly they have obvious 'clues' that they are scams (wrong tracking numbers, strange addressee) but, like others here, we are expecting a parcel.  Tools bought on ebay and sent from America to us in Spain via USPS so my husband 'nearly' believed it.  Our spam checker had put them in the spam inbox, which was what made me stop and think and yell 'don't click that' at him.  

englishtocanada
englishtocanada

had this email today and was worried because i am in the process of posting some xmas stuff to my niece in canada and opened the damned thing. it downloaded the attachment but advised me not to open it am i isafe ??


Phil
Phil

Yes just received it. I was in the process of writing an angry snotagram, when I found out that the company didn´t even use this carrier, especially not in the UK. Thanks for the heads up.

Jill
Jill

I got one today a email saying wrong postal address well i panicked a bit as i am expecting a parcel from china and while trying to email back i spoke to one of my bosses and showed him and he said its a scam as it had a email address jeurgens.abla@yahoo.com so I went on usps website to email them but you cant unless you live in the USA with a zip code definitely a scam

CharleyBoy
CharleyBoy

Got one today, but a virus checker (Virgin?) had already cleaned it of all malware/links.

Paige
Paige

I just received this email and not thinking I sent my address back then found this on here and realised its a scam is there anything they can do with my address or anything I can do ?

Lisa
Lisa

I received a notification from "Brandon Rose" on August 23 2013 at 12:30:30am CDT. (another address came up www-data@web04.itglobal.es)

email :

NOTIFICATION

Our courier couldn't make the delivery of parcel to you at 20th August.

Print Label and show it in the nearest Post Office

print a shipping label NOW

THIS IS A SCAM..

I just happened to be expecting a package and tried to download the "label", fortunately my iPhone wouldn't download it. I'm having it scanned for viruses.

BEWARE!!!!!

John McGowan
John McGowan

I just got an email today from... Manager Nikhil Stewart (nikhil_stewart85@postroim.com) USPS .COM Delivery Report Your package has arrived on August 17th, but the messenger was unable to deliver the package. For more information, print and read the Shipping Label. I have not opened any attachments or anything else. John.

Larry Nipon
Larry Nipon

The bigger issue is the fact that these messages are being sent to people that have actually sent a package, so its safe to assume that Outlook has been hacked.

A
A

I just got a version of this scam...click on link to primt label. I was waiting for a delivery so i clicked on the link using my iphone. I then got an error message with some weird gibberish. Should I worry? Should i do something to protect myself?

Mattias söder
Mattias söder

This one made me giggle, first of all. i don't live in the US, i have never been to the US, i don't know anyone from the US and so forth AND im kinda sure the US postal service dont use @server.pckoloji as their mail address. Now you all have a nice day ok? :)

Dwight
Dwight

I did receive the UPS version of this last year and was dumb enough to click on the link. I had never had a problem being on spam lists before but after that my e-mail address seems to be posted on outhouse walls. Today I got the USPS version and think perhaps I learned something last year.

jen vogh
jen vogh

a client clicked the download, and within minutes her email account was being used to send out hundreds of spam email. she let us know right away when she started getting bounce-backs, and we changed her email password immediately. just so you know what can happen if you click the link/download...

thanks for keeping this alert and comment section going - very helpful :)

Laura Rogers
Laura Rogers

I just received this email in conjunction with expecting a package from ebay. Could it be related?

My ISP flagged it and I saw that the sender was refuel52@gmail.com -- not what I would expect from USPS. I did a web search for reports@usps.com and found your scam listing. Glad I did my homework and did not allow delivery. Yeah for my ISP, Pacific Internet!

John A Johnson
John A Johnson

I mailed an Express Letter on April 26, 2013 and received the scam email in less than 12 hours. I almost opened it but just before I hit the download now button I had second thoughts. How are they tieing the email to the address on the label. Very close but close only counts in horseshoes.

Ray Dymun
Ray Dymun

That's what alerted me, sent to an email address I use for only one thing; church business. Usually, when you check out the email address, it's fishy, but the @usps.com domain can really fool people.

Brozzz
Brozzz

I order things all the time, but since when does the USPS send out letters, type correspondence with bad grammer, and charge for housing failed deliveries. Way too fishy, but without sites like this for confirmation it is also easy to second guess what your gut is telling you. Thank You!

ash
ash

I got that today , and the thing is I am expecting several packages ! How the fu^^k do they know ? ...

Mindy
Mindy

Found in my junk mail folder today. Suspected it was phony and found this thread. Glad you're here!

Roger
Roger

I've just received a variant of the same thing, complete with juicy .zip attachment containing 'label to take to the post office'. Funny thing is, I hadn't heard that USPS had taken over from AustraliaPost and was now delivering mail in Australia!

mick
mick

I also got this message and decided to check for any scam-type information about this type of email. I was not going to open it anyway, and deleted it. It was great to be able to verify what I thought it was..., (a nasty scam) ... by checking on this website. Thank you for keeping up with this stuff, and it is great to have a website like this to refer to. THANKS

stevewhitehead
stevewhitehead

Just got it. Haven't mailed anything in a while. Mine had a warning that said they would charge me 8 dollars a day if I didn't collect it.

Florencia
Florencia

GOT IT TODAY! but it gets easier each day to spot scams. They do not have well design e-mails, missing footer information, disclaimers, if they ask for money, for passwords, etc. And also we are more trained to just do a Google search with the e-mail subject before opening it.

Thomas F. King
Thomas F. King

I just received one that still puzzles me, because the return URL said usps.com -- but the links won't open and my virus blocker said it had caught a trojan. Could someone have pirated usps.com?

moni love
moni love

I opened the message on my Blackberry. Will the virus infect my phone? Can it take information from my phone?

armedandsafe
armedandsafe

Got mine this evening. I knew it was a scam, because I know the mail lady personally. Went searching and found this report.

Bob
Bob

Since so many of us have recently sent a package on the date they posted I suspect somewhere in the postal service there is a leak.

Roberts Smithem
Roberts Smithem

First clue - grammar poor. USPS may be broke, but they still use proper grammar. Checked end of message. - AVG (Free) caught it as follows: Viruses found in the attached files UPS_Label_Copy_US_ID98621.zip: Virus found FakeAlert. The attachment was moved to the Virus Vault. Checked by AVG - www.avg.com Version: 2012.0.2221 / Virus Database: 2441/5290 - Release Date: 09/24/12

S Stephens
S Stephens

I also received this e-mail, but it was in the spam folder. I'm not American so did not know what USPS was, but as it looked official, I googled and saw you. Great! I had not opened it. Strange that they would send an e-mail to me as I have not sent any packages.

Julie
Julie

Thank you so much for taking the time to alert people of this scam. Almost got me. The email was sent to my phone and I was unable to open the attachment. If I would've been home I probably would've opened it on my laptop. I googled USPS inc and found your link. Thanks again.

Billy
Billy

I receive an email from my spam folder from usps inc telling that a parcel will be deliver to me in 4days.. What is this all about? Thanks! -Billy

rash
rash

i think is related to a drug crimes ring, most criminals choose a career where they have access to the public and can come and go with out arousing suspection

Chris
Chris

Yup, I just received an email from "USPS" saying that there is a parcel coming my way in 5 days. The attachment was a zip file titled "USPS report". However, since I am not expecting any delivery and this email was sent to a long list of random email address, I became suspicious and google'd it. And of course, reaching this page.

margaretinspain
margaretinspain

@Larry Nipon  That's what is worrying me.  I didn't send a package, I was expecting one.  From an ebay supplier via USPS.  I had had no email communication with him though and here's another twist, I have two email accounts and the one the email came to isn't linked to ebay.  We didn't open the attachments, but when you are expecting a package guard is a little down - not much though!!  I've thought  through all the possibilities,   I just can't see a link but it does seem a big coincidence.

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