Some of you may recall that my remote for my VCR/DVD combo was officially kaput after that bad battery acid trip, and that my original plan of replacing it with a universal remote wound up being a nice and big fluffy ball of fail. I finally resorted to ordering a replacement from Sony a couple of weeks ago, and was just starting to wonder about it when I received a message this morning from DHL. It read, and I quote:
The courier company was not able to deliver your parcel by your address.
Cause: Error in shipping address.
You may pickup the parcel at our post office personaly!
The shipping label is attached to this e-mail.
Please print this label to get this package at our post office.
Please do not reply to this e-mail, it is an unmonitored mailbox!
DHL Delivery Services.
Since I had been just wondering about my delivery, I assumed this was the issue. I couldn’t remember if the shipping company had been listed when I made the order, so DHL was as good a thought as any. Attached to the email wasa zip file, and while I thought that was odd that a printing label would be in a zip, I opened it up to take a look.
That’s when I saw that there was just an .exe file inside. Oh sure, it said something like DHL Tracking Label or something, but still.
Now, granted, I had literally just gotten out of bed five minutes ago, and I’m never my sharpest at such times, but even I know when to hit the delete key. And honestly, if I hadn’t been thinking about the remote, I might not have ever gotten to the point of opening up the attachment. After all, another re-read of the message shows that the person who wrote it A) doesn’t have a functional spell-checker, and B) likes exclamation points a little bit too much for their own good.
But the really ironic part about this is that later on, at around 11 AM, FedEx Ground stopped by to drop off my remote. Talk about interesting timing. I have to wonder if the hackers knew about my incoming delivery and scrambled to throw something together really quick in hopes of duping me before the real McCoy arrived. That’s unlikely, but hey, you see stuff like that all the time on TV, right?
Too bad for them, though. The plot was foiled.
Oh, and yes, I checked — the new remote works just fine. And this time, I take the batteries out after using it.