updated 3/30/2011 9:19:12 AM ET 2011-03-30T13:19:12

Security researchers are warning people to be aware of new cyberscams that use fake DHL and Western Union sites to infect the computers of its victims with malware.

The new scams are carefully designed to appear as legitimate e-mails from Western Union and the packing handling company DHL. In the case of the DHL hoax, the messages use the company’s familiar red and yellow logo to trick people into believing they are receiving a real message from the site that reads "Dear customer, the courier service was not able to deliver your parcel at your address."

To obtain the (nonexistent) package, users are then prompted to click a link at the top of the fake DHL e-mail which promises to show the address where the package is being held. Instead, the links leads to a malicious .zip file. The Western Union scam functions in the same way, including the .zip file, but does not come with the legitimate-looking logo.

The link is where the malware is stored – in these cases it’s the infamous Zeus trojan, a computer virus used to steal millions of dollars from online bank accounts around the world.

Security experts urge users to be wary of any sites that ask for personal details or links that must be clicked on to reveal information.

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