This email, which purports to be from international courier company DHL, supposedly includes attached documents about a package delivery.
The strangely worded message apologises for late delivery and urges you to open the attached shipping documents to confirm details
However, the email is not from DHL and the attached files are not shipping documents as claimed. Instead, the message is a phishing scam designed to steal your email account login details.
Here’s what the scam email looks like:
If you open the attached HTML file, the following page will load in your browser:
If you enter your email account details and click “view document”, a screenshot of a fake shipping schedule will appear. This is just to confuse you. At this point, the information you provided on the fake login form can be collected by criminals and used to hijack your email account and any linked services that use the same login.
Very similar “parcel delivery” emails are also used to distribute malware either via attached files or linked websites.
Criminals have been using fake DHL parcel notification emails to distribute malware and steal personal information for many years now
If you receive one of these emails, do not click any links or open any attachments that it contains.
DHL has pubsihed information about such scam attempts on its website.
Transcript of DHL Scam Email:
DHL ARRIVED CARGO AWB: 4525841733
The receipt :[email address removed] was listed On [DHL] dispatch Parcels/Package.
please we apologise for the late delivery of the attached Inv/BL-903390 document issues to you for clarification.
PACKAGE WAS DELIVERED TO PORT-4525841733 WHICH YOU WILL FIND ALSO AFTER CONFIRMATION OF YOUR ATTACHED SHIPPING DOCUMENT .
1. BILL OF LADING
2. CERTIFICATE OF ORIGIN
DHL is the world’s largest package delivery company and a provider of supply chain management solutions
This email is scanned(secured) and sent to you because you are a subscriber to our newsletter.
NOTE: IF MESSAGE IS FOUND BY ERROR IN YOUR JUNK MAIL KINDLY OPEN AS SAME.
© 2020 DHL Express | Customer Service | www.dhl.co.cn
Importance NoticeAfter 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 YouI 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 DateHoax-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!