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DHL ‘Package on the Way’ Malware Email

by Brett M. Christensen

According to this email, which purports to be from delivery company DHL, you have a package on the way.

Supposedly, DHL sent you the notification at the request of Apple. It instructs you to click a link to validate the shipment’s transit status and access an invoice.

However, DHL did not send the email, and it has no connection to Apple. And, clicking the link does not open an invoice or transit document. 
Instead, clicking the link opens a compromised website that harbours malware.  The site prompts you to download a file that supposedly contains the package shipping information.

But, opening the file can install the malware on your computer. The purpose of the malware package may vary. It may attempt to steal sensitive information such as banking passwords from your computer. Or it may lock up your computer files and demand that you pay a fee via Bitcoin to receive the unlock key.

Criminals regular use fake package delivery notifications to trick people into installing malware. Alternative versions claim to be from FedEx, UPS, Australia Post, USPS, The Royal Mail,  and several other well-known courier companies.

If you receive such an email, do not click any links or open any attachments that it contains.

An example of the malware email:

DHL 'Package on the Way' Malware Email


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,
Hoax-Slayer