What’s worse than ordering your holiday gifts at the last minute? Getting an email that says they can’t be delivered.
Scammers know that, so that’s exactly why they’re disguising a nasty virus as a failed FedEx delivery notification –– and it could wipe out your computer if you fall for it.
How to Spot These Fake FedEx Emails
FedEx details the fake email on its Customer Protection Center page. The email reads:
“Unfortunately we were not able to deliver postal package you sent on December the 14 in time because the recipient’s address is not correct. Please print out the invoice copy attached and collect the package at our office.”
The email asks the recipient to open an attachment and print out the invoice copy –– which is where the virus is. FedEx warns recipients not to open the attachment and says you should delete the email immediately.
Another fraudulent email circulating claims to be from a FedEx employee with a fake notice related to FedEx services, or just a random phrase or sentence.
FedEx warns that this email’s attachment may also contain a virus, and you should delete it immediately.
If you’re ever unsure about correspondence between you and your carrier, call the carrier directly for confirmation. You could save your computer and personal information in the long run.
Kelly Anne Smith is a junior writer and engagement specialist at The Penny Hoarder. Catch her on Twitter at @keywordkelly.
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