Watch out for emails with the subject, ‘FedEx Pick Up Confirmation for (name)’, they're likely to be fakes. The latest phishing scam doing the rounds this morning, the email sender display name is ‘FedEx’, however the sending and display address are ‘office(at)nimta-eg(dot)com’, an unrelated account that has been compromised and unwittingly implicated in the scam.
The phishing site itself is hosted on IPFS (The InterPlanetary File System), which is described as a protocol, hypermedia, and file sharing peer-to-peer network for storing and sharing data in a distributed file system. IPFS uses content-addressing to uniquely identify each file in a global namespace connecting IPFS hosts. The scammers may have selected IPFS, because as a peer-to-peer file system that is not a single system, the site can't be easily taken down.
The email is well formatted, with FedEx branding and the company name and username of the recipient populated appropriately within the content to replicate an authentic FedEx parcel delivery notification. It is also free from many of the grammatical errors that users might expect as tell-tales of a fraudulent scam email.
An example of the email is shown below:
After clicking the prominent green button marked, ‘Review Shipping Document Here’, users are directed to the phishing page which captures their username and password for login.
Parcel delivery scams like this one are not uncommon, designed to steal user credentials that can be harvested for sale on the dark web, and for use in other attacks. They leverage your trust in familiar brands like FedEx, and your impatience to receive your package.
MailGuard advises all recipients of this email to delete it immediately without clicking on any links. Providing your personal details can result in your sensitive information being used for criminal activity and may have a severe negative impact on your business and its financial well-being.
MailGuard urges users not to click links or open attachments within emails that:
- Are not addressed to you by name.
- Appear to be from a legitimate company but use poor English or omits personal details that a legitimate sender would include.
- Are from businesses that you were not expecting to hear from, and/or
- Take you to a landing page or website that is not the legitimate URL of the company the email is purporting to be sent from.
Many businesses turn to MailGuard after an incident or a near miss, often as a result of an email similar to the one shown above. If unwanted emails are a problem for your business, don’t wait until it’s too late.
Reach out to our team for a confidential discussion by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 1300 30 44 30.
One email is all that it takes
All that it takes to devastate your business is a cleverly worded email message that can steal sensitive user credentials or disrupt your business operations. If scammers can trick one person in your company into clicking on a malicious link or attachment, they can gain access to your data or inflict damage on your business.
For a few dollars per staff member per month, you can protect your business with MailGuard's predictive and advanced email security. Talk to a solution consultant at MailGuard today about securing your company's inboxes.
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