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Bogus Bill of Lading Email Carries Malware

by Brett M. Christensen

The attachment that comes with this email supposedly contains a Bill of Lading from an international shipping company.

According to the message, the shipping customer advised the company to contact you via email.  It claims to be from giant shipping and cargo company Maersk.

However, the email has no connection to Maersk and the attachment does not contain a Bill of Lading or any other shipping documentation.
Instead, the attachment contains malware. If you open the file, the malware may be installed on your computer.

The criminals responsible for the email hope that at least a few recipients will open the attachment out of curiosity or because they think that some unexpected item is being shipped to them.

If you receive this email or one similar to it, do not open any attachments or click any links that it contains.

This is not the first time that criminals have used the Maersk name in such malware emails. I reported on a similar malware campaign back in 2018. 

An example of the scam email:

Subject: Bill of Lading

Dear Consignee,

Please find attached your Bill of Lading for the current shipment heading to your port.
Shipping customer advised us to contact your email [removed] as the
consignee/receiver of the goods in transit.

ETA of cargo also included in the attached file.

Thank you for your support.

Best regards,
Maersk Line
The Integrated Container Logistics & Supply Chain Services

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,