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Cell Numbers Joke July 28, 2008:  PCNS has seen an uptick in "urban legend" emails.  "Urban Legends" as defined by about.com states: "An apocryphal, secondhand story told as true, plausible enough to be believed, and likely to be framed as a cautionary tale, about some horrific, embarrassing, ironic, or exasperating series of events that has supposedly happened to a real person."

If you receive a message like this don't panic, and don't get sucked in.  Here are some rules of thumb:

#1:  Research.  A quick search on Google (using the subject line) reveals this is a hoax.   Tulsaworld.com quotes Snopes.com that this is the fifth most widely circulated E-Mail Hoax.

#2:  Some warning are real.  Again, spending a few minutes researching can save you from spreading misleading emails or taking inappropriate action.  United Parcel Service (ups.com) has placed an advisory on their website, for fake UPS emails containing an attachment, which installs malware on your PC.  I posed this question to a national email filtering service appriver.com a major email anti-spam service provider.  Here is their response:

"Over the course of the past few days, a virus campaign began purporting to be from the United Parcel Service, more specifically a notice claiming that a package you had attempted to mail through UPS was unable to be delivered due to the fact that you had given an incorrect recipient address. It then contained an attachment you were supposed to print out and bring to them in order to pick up this supposed package. The attachment was in actuality and executable file which installed a key logging Trojan designed to monitor and steal passwords, and banking credentials.

This campaign has been pretty aggressive, and was first seen last Sunday with the UPS ruse.   It followed with a second variation, this time in German early Monday morning.  The third variation began Sunday morning the 20th with the filename UPS_Invoice.zip, and a 4th variation began around 4:45pm CST this time with the filename UPS_INVOICE_978172.zip, all of which we blocked as soon as we were able to obtain samples."


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#3:  Never double click (open attachments) from from people you do not know.  While it can be a tough judgement call, a cursory inspection of the above message reveals some suspicious clues.

a.  The sender is not from ups.com, but from blazesystems.com.  Note the sender's name, "enqoqrkqi"

b.  The subject contains a UPS tracking number.  Make a note of this number, and go to ups.com and track the package.  Most likely it will be bogus.  Note the subject is a REPLY.   This usually signifies it is a response to an email message you sent.  How could you receive a reply to an email message you did not send?

c.  There is no contact information at the end of the message - no website addresses, no phone numbers or addresses.

d.  Common sense dictates if you haven't ordered anything from UPS that leaves friends or family members who may be sending you messages. Verify with your friends and family if they've sent you anything.

Note:  If you plan on sending or forwarding email messages as a "public service" to your friends, family, or customers, your reputation is at stake.  Research thoroughly before clicking the send button.

FTC Advisory - Cell Phones and the Do Not Call registry

http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2007/10/dnccellphones.shtm