published : 2023-09-07

Don't Fall for These Fake Package Delivery Notifications

How to Spot and Avoid Phishing Scams Meant to Fool You

An image of a suspicious-looking email with the sender's email address visible. (Taken with Canon EOS 5D Mark IV)

Cybercriminals are constantly coming up with new ways to deceive and compromise your security. The latest trend involves fake package delivery notifications that trick you into clicking on images that look like invoices or receipts. These fraudulent emails contain links that can install malware on your devices, putting your privacy at risk.

The email appears to be from a major package delivery company like FedEx, but there are ways to spot the scam. First, examine the sender's email address. Use a trusted search engine to verify the real email address for the company. If the email you received doesn't match that address, it's likely a scam.

A close-up shot of a computer keyboard with a finger hovering over the enter key. (Taken with Nikon D850)

In these phishing emails, the scammers use images instead of links to avoid spelling and grammar mistakes that would raise suspicion. They create a sense of urgency by claiming that your packages cannot be delivered for unknown reasons. The email prompts you to enter your address to fix the issue, but clicking on the image takes you to a phishing site designed to steal your personal information.

To protect yourself from falling victim to these scams, always be cautious when opening unsolicited emails. Scrutinize the sender's email address, resist the urge to click on suspicious images or links, and don't let your emotions dictate your actions.

A person using their smartphone to report a phishing email. (Taken with Sony Alpha A7 III)

Enable two-factor authentication whenever possible as an extra layer of security. Install reliable antivirus software on all your devices to detect and prevent malware. If you receive a phishing email, report it to the sender's email provider, your email provider, and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). By reporting these scams, you can help prevent others from becoming victims.

Phishing attacks can take many forms, and the use of images to deceive and trick users is just another reminder to be cautious. Prioritize your online security and stay vigilant against these growing cyber threats.