USPS Informed Delivery Phishing Email

I find USPS Informed Delivery very helpful for letting me know about mail and packages I should receive. So when I saw a USPS Informed Delivery email in my Junk folder, I figured it must be a mistake so I moved it to my Inbox. It said I had missed a package. I received a package recently and it was a couple days late, so I thought maybe the site just didn’t get updated that it had been delivered. I clicked on the link to review the tracking history.

The site that loaded looked a little odd and then I noticed that the URL was not but something else. I quickly closed the browser tab. After confirming with the real USPS site that I did not miss a package and that the tracking number was bad, I checked the URL with It came back 100% clean. Then I uploaded the URL to the helpful, which loads the page in Windows 7 and watches what happens. After several minutes, it came back with a detailed report that identified several suspicious indicators, including a “Suricata Alert”:  “Detected alert “ET PHISHING Successful Generic Phish – Fake Loading Page 2017-08-03” (SID: 2029660, Rev: 2, Severity: 1) categorized as “Successful Credential Theft Detected”. The Threat Score is 83/100.

I did not enter any credentials so I think I’m okay, but looking at the email in more detail, I should have known better. It’s not awful—many of the links are to the real site—but it does have some poor English and the big giveaway, hovering over a link (without clicking) shows you that the link goes to a non-USPS site:

Phish email 1

Here is the 100% clean VirusTotal analysis:

Phish email 2

The site was helpful in creating a PDF of what the site looks like, without having to load it myself. This is the “fake landing page” referred to above:

Phish email 3

Finally, here’s the first part of the analysis from

Phish email 4

1 thought on “USPS Informed Delivery Phishing Email

  1. Elizabeth Miloscia

    I love the Informed Mail service because it lets me know what to look for in my mailbox before I get it

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