Hackers are increasingly using deceptive email tactics to exploit luxury brands and courier services [4], according to cybersecurity firm Check Point Research (CPR). This poses a significant threat to online shoppers.


CPR has observed a concerning trend where hackers are spoofing email addresses of well-known luxury brands like Louis Vuitton, Rolex [1] [2] [3] [4] [7], and Ray-Ban [1] [2] [3] [4] [7], as well as courier services. Their goal is to deceive victims by promising heavy discounts on luxury products. However, these emails have no connection to the actual brands [3] [4]. When recipients click on the links provided [1] [2] [5], they are directed to fraudulent websites that closely resemble the official sites of the targeted brands [1] [2] [3] [6]. These websites offer luxury goods at unbelievably discounted prices [2] [3] [4]. The real danger lies in the fact that these sites prompt users to input their account details [2] [3] [4] [5], which can then be stolen by the attackers [2] [3] [4] [5]. Last year [6], DHL was the most frequently imitated brand [6], and this trend has continued into this year with a significant increase in malicious files related to orders and delivery/shipping [6]. This highlights the urgent need for increased awareness and caution when shopping online [4] [7].


The rise in deceptive email tactics used by hackers targeting luxury brands and courier services has serious implications for online shoppers. It is crucial for individuals to be vigilant and exercise caution when receiving emails offering discounts on luxury products. Verifying the authenticity of the email sender and website before providing any personal information is essential to protect against potential data breaches. As this trend continues to evolve, it is imperative for both consumers and businesses to stay informed about the latest cybersecurity threats and implement robust security measures to safeguard sensitive information.


[1] https://cybersecurity-see.com/black-friday-scammers-exploit-luxury-brands-to-lure-victims/
[2] https://www.infosecurity-magazine.com/news/cammers-exploit-luxury-brands-to/
[3] https://osintcorp.net/black-friday-scammers-exploit-luxury-brands-to-lure-victims/
[4] https://blog.checkpoint.com/research/november-shopping-schemes-check-point-research-unveiling-cybercriminal-tactics-as-luxury-brands-become-pawns-in-email-scams/
[5] https://flyytech.com/2023/11/17/black-friday-scammers-exploit-luxury-brands-to-lure-victims/
[6] https://dutchtechonheels.com/scamming-shoppers-online-check-point-study-reveals-cybercriminals-are-using-luxury-brands-for-fraud/
[7] https://www.digit.fyi/what-holiday-season-tactics-can-we-expect-from-cyber-criminals/