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DHL ‘Delivery Notification’ Adobe ID Phishing Scam

by Brett M. Christensen

According to this email, which purports to be a delivery notification from DHL, copies of your shipping documents have been forwarded to you and can be viewed by logging in with your Adobe ID. The email includes an attached .html document that opens in your default browser when clicked. Once opened, the document displays an Adobe ID login form that asks you to provide the email address and password for your Adobe account.

However, the email is not from DHL. It is a phishing scam designed to steal personal information. If you supply your Adobe ID details as requested, they can be collected by criminals and used to hijack your Adobe account.

In the past, similar fake DHL delivery notification emails have been used to distribute malware.  These versions claimed that a package could not be delivered and urged recipients to open an attachment to access more information about the supposed package.  But, the attachment contained malware.

The names of other high profile delivery companies and postal services have been used in alternative versions of these attacks.  Be wary of any unsolicited email claiming to be from a delivery company that asks you to click links or open attached files to get more information about a delivery.


DHL Phishing Scam

Last updated: March 4, 2016
First published: March 4, 2016
By Brett M. Christensen
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