Email from DHL? More malware masquerading as missing mail

Filed Under: Malware, Spam

Earlier this week I warned you about a torrent of dangerous emails which were flooding inboxes, posing as messages from DHL and FedEx.

The attacks haven't stopped, but they have slightly morphed their appearance - using different subject lines and filenames for the malicious attachment which contains a Trojan horse.

You can see a brief snapshot of some of today's DHL-related attacks in our spamtraps below:

Malicious emails purporting to come from DHL

Although the filenames and subject lines can differ, the content of the emails is the same, including the mis-spelling of "personaly":


The courier company was not able to deliver your parcel by your address.
Cause: Error in shipping address.

You may pickup the parcel at our post office personaly!

The shipping label is attached to this e-mail.
Please print this label to get this package at our post office.

Thank you for attention.
DHL Global Forwarding Services.

Of course, these emails do not really come from DHL and you are putting your computer at risk if you open the attachments. Just think to yourself - if DHL are really unable to deliver to your real-life shipping address, is it really like that they would have and use your email address as a method of contact?


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Graham Cluley runs his own award-winning computer security blog at, and is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and gives computer security presentations. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley