Bogus Bill of Lading Email Carries Malware


The attachment that comes with this email supposedly contains a Bill of Lading from an international shipping company.

According to the message, the shipping customer advised the company to contact you via email.  It claims to be from giant shipping and cargo company Maersk.

However, the email has no connection to Maersk and the attachment does not contain a Bill of Lading or any other shipping documentation.

Instead, the attachment contains malware. If you open the file, the malware may be installed on your computer.

The criminals responsible for the email hope that at least a few recipients will open the attachment out of curiosity or because they think that some unexpected item is being shipped to them.

If you receive this email or one similar to it, do not open any attachments or click any links that it contains.

This is not the first time that criminals have used the Maersk name in such malware emails. I reported on a similar malware campaign back in 2018. 

An example of the scam email:

Subject: Bill of Lading

Dear Consignee,

Please find attached your Bill of Lading for the current shipment heading to your port.

Shipping customer advised us to contact your email [removed] as the

consignee/receiver of the goods in transit.

ETA of cargo also included in the attached file.

Thank you for your support.

Best regards,

Maersk Line

The Integrated Container Logistics & Supply Chain Services


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