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Fake Alibaba ‘Canceled Order’ Emails Open Spam Website

by Brett M. Christensen

Fraudulent ‘canceled order’  emails purporting to be from online shopping website Alibaba are currently hitting inboxes.  

The emails claim that your order with Alibaba has been successfully canceled. They include the date of the supposed order cancellation along with a clickable order number.

If you click the order number, you will not be taken to the Alibaba website as you might expect. Instead, you will be taken to a spam website that tries to convince you to buy various health related medications and supplements.

The spammers apparently hope that at least a few recipients will linger on the spam website and buy its dodgy products.

Online criminals regularly use fake order emails to distribute malware and phishing scams as well as trick people into visiting spam websites.

If you receive one of these emails, do not click any links or open any attachments that it contains. 

An example of the spam email:

Subject: Your Order with Alibaba

 

Your order has been successfully canceled.

You just canceled order 137-9688-5386 placed on May 30, 2017.

Status: CANCELED

Thank you for visiting Alibaba

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Alibaba



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