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Bogus Amazon Shipping Confirmation Emails Point To Malware

by Brett M. Christensen


Emails, purporting to be from, supposedly provide shipping and order details about recent purchases and urge recipients to follow links to track the package or manage orders. 

Brief Analysis

The emails are not from Links in the email open websites that harbour malware that can exploit security flaws on unpatched Windows computers. 


Subject: Your order of “Sprint HTC Evo 4g Android Cell Phone” has shipped!


Shipping Confirmation
Order # 422-7649490-9680520

Your estimated delivery date is:
Tuesday, December 30, 2011

Track your package Thank you for shopping with us. We thought you’d like to know that we shipped this portion of your order separately to give you quicker service. You won’t be charged any extra shipping fees, and the remainder of your order will follow as soon as those items become available. If you need to return an item from this shipment or manage other orders, please visit Your Orders on

Shipment Details
Sprint HTC Evo 4g Android Cell Phone $189.95
Item Subtotal: $189.95
Shipping & Handling: $0.00
Total Before Tax: $189.95
Shipment Total: $189.95
Paid by Visa: $189.95

You have only been charged for the items sent in this shipment. Per our policy, you only pay for items when we ship them to you.

Returns are easy. Visit our .
If you need further assistance with your order, please visit Customer Service.

We hope to see you again soon!


Detailed Analysis

A series of fake ‘Shipping Confirmation” emails purporting to be from have been hitting inboxes around the world. The messages supposedly provide recipients with shipping and order information about a recent purchase of expensive items such as mobile phones or computer equipment.

The emails invite recipients to click links, ostensibly to track their package, manage orders or arrange for the return of the shipped item.

However, the messages are certainly not from Amazon and they do not contain information about any genuine purchase. In fact, the emails are designed to panic users into clicking links in the mistaken belief that their Amazon account or credit card has been compromised. 

Those who fall for the ruse and click one of the links will be taken not to as they expect, but rather to a website that harbours a BlackHole Exploit Kit. This criminal toolkit is used to infect the hapless visitor’s computer with malware by exploiting security flaws present on the targeted PC.

This particular attack attempts to infect the visitor’s computer with a version of the Cridex malware that can steal personal and financial information from the infected computer, connect to a remote server and download further malware components.

Subject lines and other details, including the item supposedly purchased, vary in different incarnations of the malware message. Be cautious of any unsolicited email claiming to be a shipping notification from Amazon. If you receive such an email do not follow any links that it may contain.

Similar ruses are often used by phishing scammers to trick Amazon users into divulging their login details and financial information.

Importance Notice

After considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.

These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.

Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.

And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.

When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.

I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.

A Big Thank You

I would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.

I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.

Closing Date

Hoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.

Thank you, one and all!

Brett Christensen,