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    Latest scam

    The latest scam I have encountered occurred very recently.

    I received an Email supposedly from the USPS.COM. It wasn't .
    The Email said: "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.
    (There was a "Print Shipping Label" button below the last text line.)
    Below that was: "Copyright 2014 USPS. All Rights Reserved."
    The Email had a 'sent' date: Thursday, June 05, 2014.

    Students of the English language will observe more than one bad
    construct of an English sentence.

    Since it did not look legitimate to me, I printed out a copy of the Email,
    and took the message to a post office and checked with them asking
    if this was a legitimate USPS Email. They said, absolutely not, good
    thing you did not click on the Print Shipping Label button. The USPS
    is aware of these messages and is working on stopping them.

    Thought you might find this of use to you if you receive such an
    Email. Incidently, I did receive a parcel via the USPS either
    6-2-14 or 6-3-14, but it came like a regular letter and it fit into
    my mail box since it was a small parcel.

    flavet
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    All help truly appreciated!

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    Always worth a hunt through Snopes for this sort of thing. The principle has been in existence for years.
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    I've been getting a number of e-mails lately where you are prompted to click an OK button to acknowledge receipt before you can read all of the message - which have been going straight into the Trash unclicked and unread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sudo15 View Post
    I've been getting a number of e-mails lately where you are prompted to click an OK button to acknowledge receipt before you can read all of the message - which have been going straight into the Trash unclicked and unread.
    I have been getting the same ones in the Email accounts I use when an email address is requested and I suspect the possibility of future spam. Always click no to the request for a receipt and then mark the Emails as Spam. If you accept the receipt, it informs that spammer that a human is looking at the Emails and you will get more of them.

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    I've been clicking on the window close X of the prompt box in case either option led to anything nasty.

    TalkTalk e-mails don't give the option to mark as spam, but it does have a spam filter which adds Suspected Spam in front of the e-mail but it has missed these ones.
    Last edited by Sudo15; 2014-06-12 at 19:04.

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    In my case, (and maybe yours) the prompt is coming from my Email client so its safe to click on don't send.

    Jerry

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    Quote Originally Posted by jwitalka View Post
    In my case, (and maybe yours) the prompt is coming from my Email client so its safe to click on don't send.

    Jerry
    I hadn't thought of that - I tend to treat all clickable options with suspicion and leave well alone.

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    Since I was not aware of this specific scam, I thought I would put a heads up notice out. No harm in doing so, and who knew this particular rot was out there for so many years. Thanks for your notice to me and others.

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    The Email said: "Your parcel has arrived at June 2nd, 2014. Courier was
    unable to deliver the parcel to you
    I have received about half dozen of these in the last 2 weeks. They always wind up in my spam folder.
    They get deleted without opening.
    Thanks for the post.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael37713 View Post
    I have received about half dozen of these in the last 2 weeks. They always wind up in my spam folder.
    They get deleted without opening.
    Thanks for the post.
    Michael
    I get these periodically. My favorite variation has a password-protected ZIP file as the attachment, so it can't be scanned / flagged by your AV software. Even if you incautiously open the ZIP file with the supplied password, any decent AV program should intercept the files.
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    MailWasherPro allows me to read the body of email without opening it in a browser.

    If it is even suspicious it is deleted without mercy, and most are reported to SpamCop.

    Anyone who really needs to get in touch will try again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Syncopator View Post
    If it is even suspicious it is deleted without mercy...

    Anyone who really needs to get in touch will try again.
    Same here. Security begins at the fingertip, and I never click anything inside any e-mail without first being absolutely certain it is completely legitimate.

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    When in doubt, I open the e-mail, then right click, the action tab, this gives me an option to view message source. From this I can learn a lot, as to what to do with it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sudo15 View Post
    I've been clicking on the window close X of the prompt box in case either option led to anything nasty.
    Another method for closing a prompt box (or the active window generally) is to press Alt-F4, which avoids having to ascertain whether the "X" is a true close button or a code-launch button in disguise.

    Dave

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    David,
    Thank you for the tip about the USPS scam.
    Rich

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