Dangerous Phishing Emails

Dangerous Phishing Emails

This is a tempting email to open because it takes advantage of our curiosity.  Who wouldn’t want to check on the status of an unexpected delivery?  If you receive a failed delivery notice claiming to be from UPS/FedEx/DHL, DO NOT open the attachment – it’s a trojan.  If needed, you can check the shipping status of packages from major carriers here:

UPS – http://www.ups.com/tracking/tracking.html

FedEx – http://fedex.com/Tracking?cntry_code=us

DHL – http://track.dhl-usa.com/TrackByNbr.asp

US Postal Service – http://www.usps.com/shipping/trackandconfirm.htm

Similar emails are circulating claiming to be from American Express, Bank of America, Chase, and many other major financial institutions.  These emails appear to be legitimate, as the scammers use logos and graphics from the official sites.

If in doubt about the legitimacy of an email, simply delete the email and browse directly to your financial institution’s website by typing the full address in the address bar.  You can further verify if the company is attempting to contact you by calling the toll-free number listed under ‘Contact Us’.