UPS: Email About Terrosits Using UPS Uniforms, Hoax

email hoaxAn email alert coming from several Law Enforcement agencies, and reportedly discussed in a recent Howell meeting, claiming UPS uniforms may be used by terrorists, is a hoax, UPS says. An e-mail circulating claims $32,000 worth of United Parcel Service uniforms were recently purchased for huge prices on eBay, leading to speculation they may be used by terrorists to deliver explosives.

One os the versions of the official-looking e-mail reads: “Government Warning regarding purchase of UPS uniforms: There has been a huge purchase, $32,000 worth, of United Parcel Service (UPS) uniforms on eBay over the last 30 days.  This could represent a serious threat as bogus drivers (terrorists) can drop off anything to anyone with deadly consequences! If you have ANY questions when a UPS driver appears at your door they should be able to furnish VALID I.D.

“Additionally, if someone in a UPS uniform comes to make a drop off or pick up, make absolutely sure! they are driving a UPS truck. UPS doesn’t make deliveries or pickups in anything except a company vehicle. If you have a problem, call your local law enforcement agency right away!  TAKE THIS SERIOUSLY! Tell everyone in your office, your family, your friends, etc. Make people aware so that we can prepare and/or avoid terrorist attacks on our people! Thank you for your time in reviewing this and PLEASE send to EVERYONE on your list, even if they are friend or foe. We should all be aware!”

According to Snopes, a website that investigates urban legends and other rumors, the hoax may have started when some people apparently did, in fact, pay what seemed like exorbitant prices for UPS uniforms on eBay shortly after the 9/11 attacks in 2001.

That led to speculation that terrorists were paying thousands of dollars for the uniforms rather than replicate them, the site says.

The site also says federal authorities investigated the issue and found no evidence that UPS uniforms went missing or that anyone bought them with intentions to use for terrorism. TLS.

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