Look out for Shipping E-mail Phishing Scams


Stop clicking on e-mails about your package delivery! Scam, scam, scam! Look, it’s simple: Scammers are also pretending to be from the DHL and FedEx shipping companies, not just UPS. Crooks know that at any given time, thousands and thousands of U.S. people are waiting for a package delivery. So these cyber thieves send out mass e-mails by the millions, knowing that they will reach a lot of people who are expecting a package. The subject line of these e-mails says something about “your delivery” or “your shipment” that lures the recipient into opening the e-mail. Usually, the message is that the delivery has failed, and the recipient is tricked into clicking on an attachment or a link. And that’s when malware gets downloaded to their computer. This technique is called social engineering: tricking people into doing things they shouldn’t. People are too quick to click. I wonder how many of these clicker-happy people ever even gave their e-mail address to UPS. The last time
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