March 9, 2011 - A new version of an old e-mail scam surfaced in my own personal mailbox this morning, and I wanted to pass it along. The message states it is from the "Post Express office" and my package was returned because of an incorrect delivery address. Great, now I have to run around and figure out how to get my package, right? Wait... what package? And the message was addressed to "Dear Client." If I ordered something, shouldn't my name be available? Exactly. It's a scam. Only this one can be quite dangerous - it could put a virus on your computer!
Thankfully, I check out everything I get on e-mail before opening or passing along. My favorite website is Snopes.com. Click here to see what they had to say about this e-mail. The name was changed to Post Express, but the idea is the same. I DELETED THE E-MAIL WITHOUT OPENING THE ATTACHMENT, which is what you should do if you ever receive an e-mail like this, or even something you're not sure about. Most businesses do NOT send out generic e-mails like this if there is a problem with a delivery!
And, as always, check things out before falling for them.
Officer Sharon Joseph - Crime Prevention Officer for the Vernon Hills Police Department
And here's a picture of the e-mail I received (with my personal e-mail blanked out! If you want to contact me, click here).