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7th April 2011

Canada Post Warns About Scam Email And Possible Virus

Last week Canada Post released the following warning on its web site: Canada Post

A spam message is circulating which may contain a link to a virus. The email appears to come from Canada Post, and contains the tracking number RT094860142HK. We are aware of one version which is falsely reporting delivery of a package from the Heart and Stroke lottery foundation, but there may be others circulating with different package senders being spoofed.

This email is not coming from Canada Post, and is fraudulent. Please do not click on the links or open any attachments. The anonymous authors of this email virus unfortunately are using the Canada Post name to get you to trust the message.

Steps you can take to protect yourself if you receive an email that appears to be from Canada Post:

  1. If you feel the email is suspicious or there is an attachment, delete it.
  2. Whether you are expecting a package delivery by Canada Post or not, and there is a tracking number in the email, you can do the following:
    • Check the tracking number by going directly to www.canadapost.ca and entering the tracking number on the home page where indicated.
    • If the tracking number is not valid, “Invalid Tracking Number format. Please check your entries and try again.” will appear on the screen in red letters. Delete the email without clicking any links which may be in the email.

We regret any inconvenience this may cause and are taking this matter seriously. We will provide further updates as information becomes available.

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