That package at the Royal Mail office? It’s malware

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Cybercriminals have spammed out malware, posing as an email from the Royal Mail.

The emails, which claim that a package has been returned to the Royal Mail office, pretend to come from official-sounding addresses such as customer@royalmail.com or customer_service@royalmail.com.

Opening the attached file could lead to your Windows computer being infected by a Trojan horse.

Here’s a typical example of what is being spammed out:

Dear customer.

A courier did not deliver the package to your address.
Reason: The package is too large
Information about your package is attached to the letter.
Read all information carefully and come to the “Royal Mail” office to receive your package.

Thank you for your attention.
Royal Mail Service.

The reason given for non-delivery of the parcel can vary. For instance, the email might claim that your address does not exist, or that the parcel is too large…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

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