Last night, I received the latest email that was sneaky enough that I wanted to share it with you. Because we're going into the Christmas season, I'm afraid this may get some of you. Since our livelihoods are on our computers – I felt it my obligation to share.
Note: The offending email is NOT sent by FedEx. It's a virus sent pretending to be from FedEx. FedEx even has a warning page on their site here: Avoid Fedex Hoax
This is what the email that I received looks like. If it's too small to read, I have the text below.
It says this.
Your parcel has arrived at the post office at November 28. Our postrider was unable to deliver the parcel to you.
To receive a parcel, please, go to the nearest our office and show this postal receipt.
GET POSTAL RECEIPT
Best Regards, The FedEx Team.
Why this is so sneaky.
I order a lot of stuff online, so it's very likely that I missed a package.
It's the holiday season so I get a lot of gifts from my readers, people that I promote, and my team.
So, I figured, maybe I missed something, even though I'd already had red flags up in my mind.
Here's what happened.
- The “Get Postal Receipt” if you hover over it shows an .html link, but it actually redirected to a .zip file which started to load.
- I knew what it was, but wanted to check it out for this blog post. When I opened the .zip file I found an .exe file.
- At that point, I permanently deleted the .zip file, by doing a “shift” + “delete” on my computer.
Please beware of emails like this. Like I said, because your business is online, we have to be EXTRA careful of anything that can harm our computers.
Red Flags that I KNEW but yet Ignored Were:
1. Email did not come from FedEx.com which was my first warning. But, it sounded like it might be a service, like aweber or infusionsoft – and I was in a hurry, which is never good when faced with a virus. I could blame the wine… Anyway, I clicked. UG.
2. When hovering over the download link, it was not FedEx.com either.
3. There was no Unsubscribe or Contact info at the end of the email – which FedEx would have had there, if it was a legit email.
Please be safe. The holiday season can bring out the best and the worst in people.
I hope and pray that your holiday season is blessed and profitable.
PS. If you missed my post a few weeks ago, also read about The Skype Virus and How to Avoid It.