Canada Post Warns Customers of Email Scam

Lynsey Kitching
 
Last week an email scam was been going around Tumbler Ridge. The false email reads as this:
 
Dear Customer,
 
We attempted to deliver your item on Nov. 16, 2012 at 8:44 a.m. The delivery attempt failed because nobody was present at the shipping address, so this notification has been automatically sent. You may arrange redelivery by visiting the nearest Canada Post office with the printed shipping invoice mentioned below. If the package is not scheduled for redelivery or picked up within 48 hours, it will be returned to the sender.
 
The virus email then goes on to give a false tracking number, some information and then a few hyperlinks to websites, such as www.canadapost.ca. The post office here in town warns the links are the dangerous part. As long as the recipient does not click on the links, everything will be fine, just block the sender and delete the email.
 
Canada Post is investigating the source of the fraudulent emails and says in a press release, “A new spam email bearing the brands of various shipping companies has recently surfaced. The email highlights an unsuccessful delivery and suggests clicking on a link for more information. As holiday shoppers are expecting to receive more parcels, Canada Post would like to remind everyone to be vigilant as these emails could contain viruses.” 
 
Canada Post says they do not email customers following an unsuccessful delivery attempt. To ensure protection against spammers and malware, Canada Post recommends the following steps, if you are awaiting a parcel but did not specifically request a delivery update by email, delete the email; if you are not expecting a delivery, delete the email; do not click on any link; do not provide any personal information requested by these emails. Customers can follow the progress of their item by using the package tracking number, either on canadapost.ca or through the Canada Post mobile app, which can be downloaded for free to all key mobile devices.