Holiday phishing scams

Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Giving Tuesday have all come and gone.  Now comes the most exciting part of the “buying/giving” the delivery of those goods to ourselves or loved ones. Sadly, the cyber criminals know that you are monitoring the travels of your purchases 1-ordered 2-shipped 3-in transit and 4-delivered. And our hawk-like monitoring is exactly where we make ourselves most vulnerable.

The cybercriminal owns a calendar, they have been gearing up for the season. Putting together scams which are designed to separate you from your personal information or cause you to take an action which will compromise your device (computer, smartphone or tablet). They deserve that lump of coal in their Christmas stocking.

USPS-logoUSPS – United States Postal System

The United States Postal System (USPS) also has a page dedicated to the “Delivery Failure Notification” scam


Postal Service customers take note — usps.com recently posted a warning about email scammers using the Postal Service’s name to access valuable personal information.

Customers being targeted receive bogus emails with subject lines containing the text: “USPS Delivery Failure Notification.” The emails claim to be from the Postal Service and contain fraudulent information about an attempted or intercepted package delivery. The emails instruct customers to click on a link to find out when they can expect delivery.

Clicking on the link activates a virus, which can steal personal information — such as user names, passwords or financial account information — stored on the computer.

To identify a bogus email:

  • The text contains poor grammar or spelling errors.
  • The text states immediate action must be taken or customer could face dire consequences.
  • The email requests personal information under the guise of re-confirming information.
  • The text from an “automated message system” states “Click on this link for details.”

Customers with questions about a delivery by the Postal Service should call 800-ASK-USPS.

Senior Online Safety - FedexFedex – Federal Express

Fedex has an entire portion of their site dedicated to fraud — Fedex Customer Protection Center

They highlight how emails are used to dupe you the receiver into opening an attachment or visiting a specific site in order to obtain the shipping documentation of an invoice or gift.  The attachment contains malware (malevolent software) designed to infect your device and allow the cyber criminal to steal your personal information.


Subject: Fedex Tracking number N4815347

From: “Fedex Manager, Willis Grabinger”

Dear. Unfortunately we failed to deliver the postal package you have sent on the 27th of July in time because the recipient’s address is erroneous. Please print out the invoice copy attached and collect the package at our office. * This site is protected by copyright and trademark laws under US and International law.

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Subject: Regarding Your Online Access

From: FedEx.com Online Services
: Regarding Your Online Access

Dear Customer,

Due to Ongoing periodic update on all FedEx account, we advise that you update your account to avoid Suspension .

Please click the link below to update your Account access

Log in tofedex.com(links to spoofed site)

Please note that this link will expire in 48 hours from the time of your e-mail address reset request. After that time, you will need to re-start the process by logging into fedex.com.

Thank you for choosing FedEx.

This message has been sent by an auto responder system. Please do not reply to this message. The content of this message is protected by copyright and trademark laws under U.S. and international law. Review our privacy policy. All rights reserved.

UPS LogoUPS – United Parcel Service

The United Parcel Service (UPS) also has a portion of their site dedicated to customer protection and advice on how to avoid being scammed.

And example of a fraudulent email:

Senior Online Safety - Fraudulent email




Beware of phishing email that warns of a failed package delivery this holiday season.

Source: UPS, FedEx & USPS warn of holiday phishing scams hackers are using to get your personal information – 7NEWS Denver TheDenverChannel.com[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_column_text]We will be discussing this and other scams at our live event “Holiday Scams”
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