Email from UPS?

[ad]Dear Computer Lady,

I just got an email from UPS stating that I was not available when they attempted to deliver a package, and a second attempt will be made to deliver the package on the next business day.

That’s nice, but I never ordered anything.

There is a tracking number and a shipment detail link that I can click on, but I am a little nervous to click and see what is being shipped. Do you think this is a scam?


Dear Nancy,

I am 99.9% sure that it is a scam.

Please don’t click on anything in that email! It is probably malware of some sort. In fact, it could be a very malicious piece of malware that encrypts all your files (locks them up so you can’t access them) and then demands a ransom of $300 or more to unlock them for you.

My advice to you, or anyone reading this is to never click on a link or open an attachment in an email that you are not expecting.



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    • Micky
    • November 21, 2014

    Yes, the emails from UPS, FedEx and DHL are all bogus. I’ve been getting them for months now and I forward them to:
    (When you hover your mouse over the URL you can usually tell it’s phony.) NEVER click on it! I recommend if you have a package in transit, go the the carrier’s website and initiate the search yourself.

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