Malicious Email

computer-virus-alert-i3I just got an email tonight from “Manager Joshua Wagner” at FedEx saying they tried to deliver my package but I wasn’t home.  They said, “to receive your parcel, please, print this receipt and go to the nearest office.”  Then there’s a big button that says, “Print Receipt.”  The whole thing looks very official, with real FedEx logos and everything.

So did I click the link?  ABSOLUTELY NOT! Here’s why:

1.    First I noted the fact that I am not expecting a package.
2.    I know we were home when the email said that they tried to deliver the package.
3.    I looked at the actual email for “Manager Joshua Wagner” and it said, “client@lexington.us.” I’m fairly certain that if I get a legitimate email from FedEx, it would be from “Whoever@fedex.com.”
4.    The email provided a “tracking number.”  I opened up my web browser and typed in fedex.com. I entered the provided tracking number, and lo and behold: “No record of this tracking number can be found.”
5.    I did a Google search for “Fake fedex email” and found out that if I had clicked on “Print Receipt” I would have been the recipient of the Trojan.Smoaler virus.   I liked what Symantec said about this scam: “We should all know by now that the only unordered parcels we ever receive are gifts from Santa Claus.”

Moral of the story:  DON’T open emails from people you don’t know, DON’T click on links to known companies you get in email (go directly to their main website instead), and ALWAYS be cautious when opening anything in email.

Forewarned is forearmed.

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About Steve Picray

I have been many things, but right now I am a registered nurse attempting to pay off my debt so that, God willing, I can be a pastor again someday. I have a wife and three kids. I am a conservative Christian (of the Baptist variety). This blog is about me: the things that happen to me, the things that interest me, and the things that bother me. If you have a question, just e-mail me at spicray AT gmail DOT com. God Bless!
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5 Responses to Malicious Email

  1. shoaib says:

    like wise i kept on getting this fake fedex emails and it for some reason dont stop even if i have blocked the sender. At first i was little confused when the email arrive at my work email id and i thought may be some client has sent me and for my bad luck i was expecting a package. But when i read your post it help me save my computer and files for getting virus infected..
    Thanks bro..
    thanks alot

  2. If I may suggest… Go to a suspect email and place your cursor over it and right click it. (Suspect email can be any email that for example doesn’t have a subject, or that the name of someone is misspelled, or anything that makes you suspicious of it.)

    IN the dialog box that appears, click on “properties”

    IN the new dialog box that then appears, click the “details” tab

    Then click on “message source”

    Then expand the window.

    What you will be looking at will be a plain text version of not only the email, (that will include the email header – ie ALL of the sender’s information as provided – sender info can be spoofed), and who all they sent that email to.

    The body of the message will be there also.

    IF the body of the message is in compute code – you can expect that either the body is one of more pictures, OR a program of some kind. (viruses are programs.)

    You’ll also want to close the “View” window in your email client (the little “preview” window) because I understand that that actually OPENS the email… something that you do NOT want to happen until you approve of the message.

    Just for grins and giggles, do the above on an email that you trust and see what you get.

    If the name seems familiar, and you think it may be someone sending you a picture, you may want to send an email to the return address (do NOT “reply” as this would open the email.) and ask what they sent you. I prevented getting a worm that way as when I sent the email the person replied that they hadn’t sent me anything… heh heh heh.

    I got an email today from an unknown (to me) sender with no subject text. I put it through the above process and learned that the two large blocks of code were in “Base 64”. (IIRC that would be from an advanced 64 bit computer. Again, IIRC, my computer “claims” base 64, but is actually 32 + 32). It could have been a couple of pictures… but better safe than sorry. I deleted the message.

    I have AVG (free) anti-virus and Malwarebytes malware protection programs.

  3. Renee says:

    Yep! I just received one of those “FedEx” emails. I immediately thought scam of some sort. Ulf incoming mail came from this address: client@Lexington.us
    Looked this up online and viola! I was able to read your post. Glad I am not the only one and hope others won’t fall for this or any other fake emails from well known companies.

  4. Steve Picray says:

    If you knew enough to look at the actual email address, then you are two steps ahead of most people. Good on you for not falling for this! Also, since I wrote this post I’ve gotten similar FedEx emails two more times!

    • Renee says:

      Funny you say that, I too just received more emails of the FedEx scam and each email address is different but begins with client@ blah blah blah. Well I hope this helps others. Thanks for lie post!
      🙂

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