03/25/2015 12:40 EDT | Updated 05/24/2015 05:59 EDT

Canada Post scam sends out suspicious emails of missed delivery

Canada Post has issued a warning against a sophisticated scam that is mimicking its email and branding. 

Lynda Griffin, who lives in the Lower Mainland, says she was the target of one of those email scammers.

"It said that there was a delivery that was unsuccessful and that if I wanted to attempt to be sent again, that I should click onto the link that they had which would give me an electronic delivery card," she said. 

Griffin was suspicious because she has been home all Tuesday morning and couldn't have missed a package.

While she didn't click on the link, she says it was tempting, because it looked official except for the fact that it had also been addressed to two other people.  

Canada Post spokesperson Anick Losier says the scam has been percolating recently, and that these fradulent phishing scams may contain viruses.

"If you're waiting for a parcel and you get this type of email, first of all we don't send these types of emails and we wouldn't ask you to click on a specific link," she said. 

Canada Post says these fraudulent messages are known as "phishing" and may contain viruses.