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UPS/Fed Ex Delivery Failure virus

by Trump3d / November 20, 2008 3:32 AM PST

I hope I'm in the right forum for my question. I recently this virus alert:

" A virus is circulating called UPS Delivery Failure. Applies to Fed Ex as well. You will receive an email from UPS Packet Service along with a packet number. NOTE: The word packet is misspelled(paket)on this line. It will say that they were not able to deliver a package sent to you on such and such a date. It then asks you to print out the invoice copy attached. DON'T TRY TO PRINT THIS. IT LAUNCHES THE VIRUS! Snopes confirms that it is real: http://www.snopes.com/computer/virus/ups.asp "

It is listed in Snopes and originated in July '08. Obviously, it is showing a resurgence before the holidays since the creator targets UPS/Fed Ex customers. I have not rec'd this email, but would like to alert my contacts.

Can you verify and is there a removal tool that you are aware of?

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There are a few variations of
by roddy32 / November 20, 2008 4:41 AM PST

that e-mail around now but as long as you don't open the attachment, you won't get infected. MY rule is NEVER open ANY attachment. Just delete the e-mail.

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Most Users Should Not Receive The Infected Email Anyway
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / November 20, 2008 6:44 AM PST

The warning is correct and worth reading but currently, most Internet Service Providers (ISP's) are using their own antivirus scanner which scans every email message that goes through their system. As such, and because the infected message contains an infected attachment, most ISPs are removing it from the system before it ever gets to you and that's why you haven't received it..

In the case of the warning message which warns against opening a UPS related email, it's now become SPAM.. We had one of our office techs send it to about 100 people yesterday.. Not necessary, but they did it anyway. It sounds like you want to do the same.

That's not to say that no one will receive the infected mail message which is being warned against, but many of the old standard types of email viruses simply aren't spread as much as they used to be. Your standard antivirus program should detect and remove it as it loads into your email client. I can't tell you the last time I got an infected message in my email.. Long time............

Hope this helps.


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