The U.S. Customs and Border Protection Email Scam

Be wary of any email that claims to come from U.S. Customs and Border Protection as there are reports of an attack circulating via bogus email messages that claim to be from “US Customs Service.”

The subject line may say “Parcel requires declaration”and with the body of the email indicating that a parcel has been received addressed to you. The message may also encourage you to open an email attachment which may contain malicious code.

US-CERT suggests that you to do the following to help mitigate the risks:

  • Review the alert posted by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection regarding this issue.
  • Do not open attachments contained in unsolicited email messages.
  • Refer to the Recognizing and Avoiding Email Scams (pdf) document for more information on avoiding email scams.
  • Refer to the Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Attacks document for more information on social engineering attacks.
  • Install anti-virus software and keep virus signature files up to date.

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The official US CERT alert is available by going to: http://www.us-cert.gov/current/index.html#u_s_customs_and_border

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