Fake shipping notifications are nothing new. We’ll all seen them show up in our email. A couple of years ago when these first started showing up, these innovative scams were very effective. Today, these scams have become so commonplace they’re almost laughable. Two identical USPS Shipping Notification scam emails showed up today. The only difference between them was their return address and the URL of the link within the email.
The current fad is to send a message which reads:
Our courier couldnt make the delivery of parcel to you at 25th March.
Print label and show it in the nearest post office.
Because I like to look at the upside as well as the down, let’s take a look at the full scenario.
Good news: The entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well on the internet.
Bad news: The guy behind this template can’t spell worth a damn. Once again, we have to put up with poorly written spam.
Good news: Whoever bought these templates overpaid. With luck, they’ll be disappointed with the results they achieve and will give up on this line of work.
Bad news: The sellers are probably having a Walmart-sized super sale and there will likely be many more emails coming. More bad news: They’re probably happy with their line of work while the rest of us must wonder, what’s next?
The best solution for dealing with these is to simply mark them as spam and hope your email program flags future iterations of this particular scam so you won’t see it again.
By the way, in the time it took me to write this post, another shipping notification came in. Another scammer scammed with an inferior product. If they handed out brains along with all that initiative, the rest of us might actually be in trouble.
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