We reported on a similar version of this scam back in November 2011. This new variant comes with a twist; you are prompted to act quickly or run the risk of being charged a fee for each day the package goes unclaimed. Do not fall for this trick. Do not download or attempt to open the attachment. An official alert about this type of malware attack has been posted by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service here.

Subject: You should come to the post office
File attached:  “Label_Parcel_USPS_13-114

Body:

Postal notification,

Your parcel can’t be delivered by courier service.
Reason deny:An error at the delivery address.

LOCATION:Arlington
STATUS: sort order
SERVICE: Standard Shipping
Parcel number:U679135125NU
FEATURES: Yes

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 $7.56 for each day of keeping.

You can find the information about the procedure and conditions of parcels keeping in the nearest office.

Thank you for using our services.
USPS Customer Services.

I Got This Scam. What should I do now?

35 comments
L Vernieri
L Vernieri

I've received this twice now. Thankfully I haven't opened the link to print the label. However, I did search the tracking number this time on USPS and it shows a package that has moved around many states. I currently live in the UK and I haven't purchased anything. I've copied the picture's URL and searched it and it is definitely not the USPS!

John G. Hoyt III
John G. Hoyt III

Received one 3Sep12 except it states it is from the UPS not USPS. Has "We love Logistics" and all. Now why would you go to the Post Office for United Parcel Service? At any rate, examining the file it looks like it comes from equipe-china.com, interesting.

JN
JN

The latest will states that they can collect $6.12 a day if you don't collect the package within 30 days, as an added push to get the recipient to open the .zip file.

Matt Donovan
Matt Donovan

This is the second time I have gotten this email, and I have noticed a trend. Both times I ordered something off Ebay and paid via paypal. Did anyone else do the same?

Ian Jackson
Ian Jackson

I got one today and the distance was 7,088 miles (Brisbane, Australia to San Jose, CA, USA). Is that the greatest distance so far?

Rob
Rob

I received this scam email too, happily I thought it looked odd and checked finding this website. Incidentally I am in the UK and the sorting office mentioned (Omaha) is 4,200 miles away. Does anyone have a greater distance?

Mike
Mike

Did it for me. Though it was real lol but I came to this site.. Thanks !

pancho
pancho

ay senor... yo no hable ingles.... I recived thismessage ttoo, but I leave in mexico..package esta in Lexington,. I guess my burro don't go that far.. can somebody pickup it for me I pay with tacos de asada

Dan R
Dan R

I just got the email too.. BUT the spammer/scammer must have had a bad day because they FORGOT to attach the file they referenced, sloppy scam artists.

Joe
Joe

I received pretty much the same email. It was sent to my work email. It looks like our spam filter caught the attachment, because there was nothing attached to the email. I thought it was really odd. 1 How did the USPS get my work email address. 2 it said the package was in Corpus Christi Texas, and I live in Northern WI. My charge was $8.81 a day :) I am also expecting a package. So at first the email concerned me but right away I was very suspicious.

justice gustine
justice gustine

Gotten several of these varied notices, only notice them when I check the spam folder. Norton A/V always strips the attachment and drops the email in a folder. Came here via a google search on the opening sentence, wondering what it was doing. Good to see that most people dismiss it.

Anders Engebretsen
Anders Engebretsen

I received an email like this too. What do I have to do about this? I ordered something from a car parts site online. I live in Norway and have no clue what to do. Please help!!?! Should I just ignore it, or? The site I orderer parts comes from Germany, and why the heck do I get this email, and how did they get my email-adress? Someone, please help!!

campylobacter
campylobacter

Received 29 April 2012, $16.81 as the "keeping" (storage?) fee, no attachment. Am wondering what's the point? The real USPS wouldn't've emailed me; they'd have used MY REAL LIFE MAILBOX to leave a notice.

JB
JB

wow, they must've raised their "holding" rate because the email I got said it would cost $22/day!

bklynmom2two
bklynmom2two

i received this email but with out an attachment. does it mean that my computer is still infected? i have a mac...

Julz
Julz

I received this email, word for word. I don't open attachments anyhow - although I noticed no attachment present in the email. I suppose that's a good thing.

Got one too
Got one too

Thanks for the info, as most of you I was expecting package from ebay. But I was wondering how the heck USPS has my freaking e-mail address to e-mailed me about that. It was wired tho. Also I noticed the sender was via someone else : It didnt come straight from usps, so just ignored it ;) Hey Thanks again.

Bruce
Bruce

Received the USPS email yesterday, 4/19/12 and charges are $21.77 a day after the 30 day period. My package is in Philly while I'm in Indiana. Glad I checked this out first. Idiot scammers!

xxx
xxx

received similar one at 10 april 2012. but it got into my provider's spam filter )

SR Irving
SR Irving

Received this message with an attachment for a label in London about a package for me in in Oakland which was immediately suspicious. Good old common sense prevailed, just don't have an address to report the scam e-mail to.

Bluestocking
Bluestocking

Not only is this e-mail an attempt at a scam, the e-mail message itself is probably illegal...because the CAN SPAM Act of 2003 made it a crime to send e-mail messages within the United States in which the header or sending e-mail address has been falsified (which it clearly has been in this case). Whenever you receive a suspicious e-mail address like this, it's always a good idea to view the full header information which contains the IP address(es) of the server(s) through which the message was transmitted and then use a website such as WhoIs-Search.com in order to see what company controls the IP address from which the message originated. In most cases, the IP address is not owned by the company from which the message purports to have originated. In the case of the message which I received, the full header indicates that it originated from a computer which belongs to a company in South Africa.

Felix Chan
Felix Chan

I got the exact same attachment with a few minor differences to the email. I am expecting a package to be delivered to me though, which makes me worry a bit. Got this email a few hours after my package was sent. If someone could help me out with this, that would be great. I would love to know that my package is on its way safely and not really stuck at the post office.

jim
jim

received the exact same email word for word in hotmail today, except my charges will be 21.97 a day almost fell for it and was going to open up the attachment because I had just ordered something online and was expecting it..thought I'd better check it out first, good thing I did thanks for this sites warning!!

Barry Thistlethwaite
Barry Thistlethwaite

This email and its attachment made it through my company's Spam and malware detectors. April 20, 2012.

Leadhead
Leadhead

Receive similar today (4-10-12) charges are $16.40 per day. Says to open file for label to claim. Only giveaway is that the post office is 900 miles from me. Ha. Also, the English is terrible even for USPS.

Steve
Steve

I may have been dumb enough to go ahead and run the file. Any chance anyone knows of a fix?

Lew
Lew

I received a similar email 4-0-12 Said charges will be made after 30 days. Had an attachment.

WCO
WCO

@John G. Hoyt III

We live in a small town. some people only have a post office box for an address so UPS delivers to the post office.  I have a po box and actual so I usually get Fedex & UPS etc.  at the house but if the snow is bad or the creek is out...

John G. Hoyt III
John G. Hoyt III

Same with me. I have reported both to EBay and PayPal. Suggest you do the same so that if you are robbed by these creeps you have a record to protect yourself. Both Ebay and PayPal appreciate the information.

jen
jen

same here, no attachment!

tofic
tofic

a mac doesn't open executable anyway even if you click it, but likely attachment had been blocked by email provider. mac viruses exsists, less likely, but would be targeting macs only

Scam Watcher
Scam Watcher

Rest assured the email you got with instructions to download and open an attachment is NOT from USPS.

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