CBP Advises of ‘Phishing’ E-Mails Being Distributed

(04/24/2009) The US Customs and Border Protection Agency has been notified that malicious e-mails have been circulating which claim to be from U.S. Customs and Border Protection and reference a package or other items which have been intercepted by CBP. These e-mails are not authentic and have not been sent from the Department of Homeland Security or any CBP authorized system or individual.

CBP will not initiate contact to citizens by e-mail for customs declarations issues.

The e-mails which may have a subject line similar to “Parcel requires declaration” or “Your Consignment,” indicate that a parcel or other “inheritance” destined for you is being held by CBP and urges you to respond to the sender with your contact information. Other variants of these messages may include an attached file which contains a damaging computer virus. In general, the objective of this scam is to convince a victim to send some amount of money to the sender so that the supposed inheritance will be released from consignment.

If you have received a similar e-mail message do not respond to the sender or open any attachments that might be contained in the email.

Please report the occurrence to the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) on the Report Phishing page. ( US-CERT – Report Phishing )

If you believe you are the victim of this scam or other Internet crime, or if you are aware of an attempted crime, you can file a complaint with the Internet Crime Complaint Center. ( Internet Crime Complaint Center )

For more information about email security and social engineering refer to the US-CERT security publication Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Attacks. ( US-CERT – National Cyber Alert System )

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