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DHL ‘Shipment Notification’ Malware Email

by Brett M. Christensen

This email is supposedly a shipment notification from delivery company DHL. It asks you to click a link to confirm your delivery details.

The email includes the DHL logo and, at least at first glance, it may appear to be genuine. However, DHL did not send the email and the link does not open delivery documents. Instead, clicking the link opens a website that harbours malware.
Once on the fraudulent website, you may be tricked into downloading and installing malware on your computer.

The DHL name and logo has been repeatedly used in similar malware attacks over a number of years.

In fact, criminals regular use fake package delivery notifications to trick people into installing malware. Alternative versions claim to be from FedExUPSAustralia Post, USPS, The Royal Mail,  and several other well-known delivery companies.

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


A screenshot of the malware email:

DHL Shipment Notification Malware Email

Transcript of the malware email:

Subject: DHL Shipment Notification : 6881393282


Attached documents sent

This shipment has been created with DHL Express

Waybill Tracking Number 8974455545 or Please Click Here to confirm properly your address, tracking location and view of documents.

IMPORTANT: DHL Express does not request payments by cash or any other payment methods via email.

Please do not send payment in response to this email.

Please do not reply to this email – inbox is not monitored.

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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,