People are receiving phony text messages and emails that appear to come from Federal Express informing them of a pending delivery. Some of the messages contain your name, while others are oddly addressed to “mate.” The email or text message contains a phony tracking code and a link to indicate your delivery preferences. However, if you click on the link you are taken to what appears to be an Amazon satisfaction survey. Once you complete the survey you are asked to provide credit card information in order to claim a free prize. It is all a scam and if you provide your credit card number, you will end up becoming a victim of identity theft.
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. Never click on any link in an email or text message until you have confirmed that it is legitimate. Also, although it is important to have security software on all of your electronic devices, you can’t totally rely on your security software to protect you from the latest forms of zero-day defect malware for which there has not yet been issued a security update. If you have the slightest thought an email or text message asking you to click on a link 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. Also, if you wish to track a delivery go directly to the website of Federal Express rather than click on any link in an email or text message that purports to take you to the Federal Express website.
In response to this scam, Federal Express issued the following Tweet.
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