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Operators of phishing campaigns increased number of emails allegedly from delivery services

Check Point Research reports that in November, the number of phishing emails written on behalf of delivery services increased by 440% compared to October.

The sharpest growth was noted in Europe, with North America and the Asia-Pacific region in second and third places respectively in the number of phishing campaigns. Most often (in 56% of cases) fraudsters sent letters on behalf of DHL. In second place is Amazon (37%), in third – FedEx (7%).

In Europe, the number of phishing emails in November increased by 401% compared to October. 77% of them were masked as various notifications from Amazon. In the US, scammers sent 427% more phishing messages than in October, and 65% of them were written on behalf of Amazon. And in the Asia-Pacific region, phishing attacks on behalf of delivery services grew by 185%, with almost 65% of emails using the DHL brand.Check Point experts say.

Back in early November, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned of the dangers of shopping malls during the holidays and recommended shopping online. As a result, the volume of online shopping in the country continues to break all records. In the first ten days of November, the holiday season, Americans spent $21.7 billion on online purchases, a 21% increase over last year. Shoppers will spend $38 billion over the 2020 Thanksgiving holiday weekend, nearly doubling the amount that was spent during the same period in 2019, according to DC360.

However, it’s not just stores that are preparing for the online shopping boom – the attackers are also mobilizing forces to earn on the holiday hype. Number of phishing attacks has doubled recently.

Now, in addition to fake discount offers and links to store sites, they are increasingly sending phishing emails on behalf of delivery services.

A well-thought-out scheme engages the entire online shopping system, from discount offers like Black Friday and Cyber Monday to order delivery. Its main goal is to trick people into disclosing their account and bank card details so that they can use them to steal money.Check Point researchers warn.

Unlike ordinary phishing emails, with the help of which scammers try to get personal data, information to enter the personal account of an online bank or card data, emails on behalf of delivery services contain various fake messages about problems or offers to track the package.

To solve a problem or in order to use the service, user must provide personal data or bank card details. It is no coincidence that scammers started sending out such letters in November, experts say, since this month many buyers of online stores are waiting for their purchases and more often pay attention to messages from delivery services. In addition, many users are already aware of the old methods of fraudulent sales, and traditional “bargains” no longer contribute to income of criminals.

Check Point Expert Tips for Safe Shopping:

  • For different sites, use unique non-duplicate logins and passwords, go to the site not using a link from a letter that may turn out to be phishing, but open it through a search engine.
  • Particular attention should be paid to the language and errors in letters and domain names: for example, attackers can use the .co extension instead of .com or make typos in the letter itself.

Let me remind you also that cybercriminals started using Google services more often in phishing campaigns.

Vladimir Krasnogolovy

Vladimir is a technical specialist who loves giving qualified advices and tips on GridinSoft's products. He's available 24/7 to assist you in any question regarding internet security.

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