Fraudsters want to target well-known firms and brands. After all, it’s a lot simpler to capture people’s attention if you use a well-known name, so fraudsters have a better chance of catching a trusting user. The most well-known are DHL (Germany), FedEx, and United Parcel Service (USA), as well as TNT (Netherlands).
Reportedly, all of these businesses are global, having branches in major countries across the world and serving millions of clients. Scammers utilize the same approaches and strategies in their bogus mailers because they sell comparable services. During the epidemic, fake parcel delivery emails skyrocketed, with cyber criminals seeking to profit as people stayed at home and purchased products online.
Now it appears that hackers are targeting customers once more, but this time their ruse is very obvious. The new email, which is currently circulating throughout the world, begins by implying that a DHL shipment is ready for delivery. The letter even contains the email account holder’s name, making it look considerably more genuine than other scammers, which use a generic “Dear sir” rather than a real person’s credentials.
Users are provided a tracking number and informed that a package is with a reputable business after the box is opened. A message then appears, stating that the address must be confirmed before it may be delivered. If someone is tricked, they are sent to a bogus website that claims to do checks to determine where the item is and when a fresh delivery can be made.
A date is set, but only if a little administrative charge is paid will the items be sent out. The fraudsters utilize this method to obtain credit card information, full names, and home addresses, which they may then use to steal money from bank accounts.
This latest fraud is quickly spreading, with many people posting photographs of the threat that has just arrived in their inboxes on social networking sites. Fortunately, this time around, it’s rather simple to avoid being a victim, since the cybercriminals have made several egregious errors that immediately raise the red flag. To begin with, despite the fact that the email’s subject line states that the communication is from DHL when you open the email and go to the website, the logo has been modified to read BHL.
Then there’s the image, which is a photograph of a UPS truck that’s included in the email. Clearly, DHL would never use a competitor’s picture in official correspondence. Finally, no courier service will ever ask for payment of administration fees, and you should never give out your credit card information unless you are certain it is 100% genuine.