Yesterday we received a fairly convincing DHL Failure To Deliver message via email. (The link will take you to a page on the Cisco website detailing the malware.)
The message is colorful. It looks like the real deal. Except, there are no phone numbers. No tracking numbers. No address any where in the email to be found. Just open an attached .zip file and print out the label you should bring to the DHL office–again, no local office address provided either.
If you’ve received this same email. DELETE it. Do not open the ZIP file under any circumstances. It’s a virus. Plain and simple.
Now we were curious if it could be legit even after all the other factors mentioned above were true. We are expecting a package. But, a quick search on the Internet reveals we’re not the only ones getting sent this file.
A Review On Suspicious Emails
Before you open any email that has attachments, it’s important to keep some important safety tips in mind.
If you’re still running a PC in particular, opening suspicious files can be incredibly harmful and even expensive to purge.
If you’re running a PC, you need to have some sort of Virus Protection software on your machine and always running.
If you receive an email that asks you to open an attached file, beware.
If there are no addresses, phone numbers, etc. on the email, and you don’t know who sent you the file, even if it claims to be an international shipping company, you need to be suspect.
If you have a question about it, do like we did. Copy the SUBJECT line of the email and paste it into Google. If it’s bogus, more than likely you’re not the first one to have received it.
If it’s an offer that’s too good to be true, it is. It’s not worth the risk.
It’s a shame that some people get their kicks by trying to cause damage to others’ computers and files. But it’s a very real problem. We encourage you to be careful before opening any attachments to any email, whether you know the person sending it or not. And if your virus protection tells you it’s malware, delete the file and surf on.