According to this email, which purports to be from the United States Postal Service (USPS) there has been a problem with your package.
Supposedly, delivery failed because your address contained an error.
The email instructs you to click a “Download” button to fill out a document that will supposedly correct the delivery errors.
However, the email is not from USPS and it is not a legitimate package delivery notification.
Instead, clicking the link opens a website that harbours malware. Once on the scam website, you may be tricked into downloading and installing the malware.
Online criminals have used such fake “failed delivery” notification emails to distribute malware for a number of years.
The nature of the malware may vary. It may be ransomware that locks the files on your computer and then demands that you pay a fee to get the “unlock” key. Or the malware may attempt to steal sensitive information such as your online banking passwords.
Criminals have used the names of many high profile delivery and postal services around the world in their scam emails.
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A screenshot of the malware email:
We have a problem with your package.
Tracking Number: 503172358
Reason: invalid address.
Please fill out the document and send it back.
Your data will be renewed automatically and our manager will call you to discuss the information about your package.
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