Shown below is a copy of an email that I received recently that purports to be from Federal Express urging me to click on a link to the oddly worded “message with the required information” without any indication as to to what the “required information” relates. This is just another clever, legitimate appearing phishing email attempting to lure me into clicking on the link. DO NOT CLICK ON THE LINK. Clicking on the link either in an email that you might receive or the one shown below would either take you to another legitimate looking page where you would be prompted to input personal information that would be used to make you a victim of identity theft or would download on to your computer a keystroke logging program that will steal all of the information from your computer including passwords, credit card numbers, your Social Security number and other personal information that would be used to make you a victim of identity theft. Phishing emails like this are also used to trick people into unwittingly downloading ransomware. If you look closely at the email, you will note that even though it has the Federal Express logo and looks quite official, there are a number of tip offs that this is indeed a phishing scam. What is not shown on the email as copied below is that it is sent from an address that is not that of Federal Express. The email of the sender is that of a private individual who, most likely, had his or her email account hacked and used as a part of a botnet to send out these types of phishing emails. The email also never refers to me by name.only refers to me as customer rather than by my name. It is also important not to click on the “unsubscribe” link because that too may be loaded with malware.
We have sent you a message with the required information.
Click here to open this email in your browser.
Thanks for choosing FedEx®.
|This message was sent to **************. Please click unsubscribe if you don’t want to receive these messages from FedEx Express in the future.|
If you receive on any email from a company that asks you to click on a link, you should hesitate to do so, particularly if it appears bogus as this one does. If you have the slightest thought that the email may be legitimate, rather than click on the link, go to the website of the company, which in this case is www.fedex.com or call them directly at 1-800-463-3339.