12.19.2016

Experts warn against falling for scam emails — disguised as delivery notices

This has been warned for years but it's getting worse, and the emails are getting better.  Some look fairly legit - especially if you ordered online and are expecting a package.

This is a blurb from a random article - just a quick "REMINDER" to be aware and be safe online:  (good to pass on to young people and elderly who often are taken in easier)


As the holidays approach and many people turn to online shopping to buy gifts, experts warn against falling for scam emails — disguised as delivery notices — that often spike in popularity at this time of year.

These scam emails generally appear to be a message from an identifiable shipping service such as FedEx, DHL Express, UPS or the U.S. Postal Service. The contents of the scam emails may vary slightly, but many will say that there was a failed delivery and ask you to follow a link or download an attachment for more information. Tech experts say that these links or attachments could contain a virus or other malware.

“These emails ask the receiver to open an attachment in order to obtain the airbill or invoice needed to pick up their package,” the shipping giant FedEx wrote on its website. “The attachment in the email may contain a virus. Please do not open the attachment and delete the email immediately.

“The frequency of this email tends to increase close to the holiday season, presumably to exploit the growth in shipping volumes,” FedEx added.

While this email scamming tactic has been around for years, it often is particularly popular during Christmastime.







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