Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Yet Another Viral Scam Aimed at the Freight Community

Fake DHL emails Join the List of Frauds Out There
Shipping News Feature

WORLDWIDE – The arrival of three more emails purporting to be from DHL this morning to the Handy Shipping Guide inboxes prompts us, once again, to remind readers of the ever more sophisticated scams being operated by criminals intent on obtaining information and money from both individuals and companies alike. We have written previously about similar scams bearing the names of UPS, FedEx etc. plus tales of fake AirWayBills, false business directories but now parcel carriers and freight outfits such as DHL are being increasingly plagued with this type of ‘failed delivery’ operation.

Many readers will have read previously of other attempts to elicit money but this one could well confuse some likely targets, the important thing to remember is DO NOT OPEN ANY ATTACHMENTS CONTAINED IN THE EMAIL!

The latest scam bears the address DHL EzyBill and asks the recipient to print the attachment which is supposedly a label. The full text reads:     


We attempted to deliver your item at 17:32pm on Sep 23th, 2014. The delivery attempt failed because nobody was present at the shipping address, so this notification has been automatically generated. You may rearrange delivery by visiting the link on the attached document or pick up the item at the DHL depot/office indicated on the receipt attached. If the package is not rescheduled for delivery or picked up within 48 hours, it will be returned to the sender.

Airway Bill No: 7808130095

Class: Package Services

Service(s): Delivery Confirmation

Status: eNotification sent

Print this label to get this package at our depot/office. Thank you

© 2014 Copyright© 2013 DHL. All Rights Reserved.

                            *** This is an automatically generated email, please do not reply

                                *** **************** CAUTION - Disclaimer *****************

Any person receiving this email and any attachment(s) contained, shall treat the information as confidential and not misuse, copy, disclose, distribute or retain the information in any way that amounts to a breach of confidentiality. If you are not the intended recipient, please delete all copies of this email from your computer system. As the integrity of this message cannot be guaranteed, neither DHL nor any entity in the Deutsche Post Group shall be responsible for the contents. Any opinion in this email may not necessarily represent the opinion of DHL or any entity in the Deutsche Post Group


DHL itself, along with other parcel carriers often warns of such scams on its own website but everyone should be aware that normally a courier will leave a printed form instructing how a customer can obtain a genuine missed delivery.

To see the vast range of fraud which people try to inflict on the industry simply type scam into the News Search box at the head of the page.