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Don’t fall for the “Start your 2020 with a gift from us” scam… – Naked Security


Have you ever received items by courier from people overseas?

If so, you’ll know that sometimes – notably in the case of gifts, where the other person hasn’t told you what they’re sending – the courier company doesn’t deliver the item directly.

Sometimes you get an email saying that the item is delayed because the authorities want to inspect it; or there’s import duty; or there’s a supplementary delivery charge if you can’t collect it from the depot yourself.

And to help you get through the paperwork easily, there’s often a tracking code and a clickable link in the email.

You can see where this is going…

…because cybercooks love to copy real life, on the grounds that it’s easier to lull you into a false sense of security when you’re following a process that feels familiar.

Like this email that a Naked Security reader received this weekend:

A free Macbook Pro for just $1!

(Ironically, you could argue that this phish might work better if the “free gift” were a bit less valuable that a Macbook Pro laptop, and if the delivery fee were a bit higher than $1, because the value and the charge don’t quite seem to go together very well – but that’s a detail we shan’t investigate any further here.)