Gmail and Outlook Warning: The Nasty New Electronic mail Menace To Watch Out For This Month
Email users are being asked to watch out for a new wave of dangerous messages that could leave their most personal information in the hands of hackers. Christmas is just around the corner – and Black Friday sales recently ended – millions of us have shopped online. With so much ordering over the internet, cyber thieves are now trying to cash in on messages supposedly from well-known courier companies suggesting they have a package that needs to be delivered.
One such message recently caught the attention of Avanan’s security team, who claim they discovered an email claiming to be from DHL. The worldwide email suggests that the company is having difficulty delivering a package to the recipient of the message due to an address problem.
A link is then inserted asking the user to fill out a form with the correct information. Despite the official branding email apparently from the company, this message has nothing to do with DHL and is merely a way for cyber crooks to target unsuspecting users at a time of year when millions of packages are being shipped.
Avanan explains more: “In this attack, scammers are using branding. By displaying a page that looks like it is from a trusted brand, they hope to get end users to click a link. This link, however, is a classic link for collecting credentials that wants to steal data and other information. “
Of course, as with many fraudulent emails, there are some signs that you should think twice before believing it. First, the message does not contain a specific name, such as Ms. Smith, but simply begins with the word “Hello”.
That should always ring the alarm bells as it shows that this message is unlikely to be just getting passed on to you.
In addition, there is no mention of the region from which the DHL courier that contacts you comes with the message “You have an undelivered package from the DHL office”.
This also allows the scammers to send this email to as many people as possible with little effort. This latest campaign is believed to have started in November and as we approach the holidays it won’t be the last.
To help consumers avoid problems before Christmas, Avanan has shared some top internet safety tips, including:
• When you click the harvesting link, check the URL
• Pay close attention to errors in the last email. “DHL Office” is not the right place – the cupboard would be DHL Express ServicePoint
• Watch out for emails from brands, especially during the holidays. • Check Point Research has found that two of the five most counterfeit brands ship goods (DHL, Amazon)
• Make sure that the ordered package is actually sent with DHL. The tracking number provided with the original order indicates whether the package is being delivered by DHL and the true delivery status