FedEx Scam Hacks Computers and Mobile Devices

Hackers are all over the world looking for information to scam the innocent souls who fall victim to these cold-hearted people.  The latest scam had resurrected into something much worse than when it came out a few years ago.  Law enforcement agencies across the country are warning people of the FedEx scam, which is sent to individuals who are waiting for a packaged delivery.  It comes in the form of a text message or an email with an added attachment.  Once the person opens the attachment, it is too late.

Around three years ago, the Mount Joy Borough Police Department sent out this alert warning the public in their county.  Since then, posts have come up with this same warning in different locations across the country.  Millions of shares came from this post in hopes of reaching as many people as possible.  Now, we find these hackers are at this same scam again.

The post reads, “*Scam Alert*
FedEx Home Delivery email and text message alert.
Many people are awaiting the delivery of packages this time of year, and scammers are taking advantage of this knowledge. One of the latest scams is the ‘FedEx Home Delivery email and text message’ scam.

The way this scam works is you will receive an email or text message that informs you that ‘your items have arrived, but our courier was not able to deliver the parcel. You will then be directed to check the attachment for details.

Although this email or text message looks official, FedEx has assured me that they do not send emails or text messages to customers. If a delivery is attempted but cannot be completed, the courier will leave a ‘Missed Delivery’ notice at your front door with instructions on how to pick up your package.

If you receive this email or text, do not open the attachment. Delete the message immediately.
The attachment contains malware that can infect your computer, tablet, or smartphone, giving the sender access to everything on the device.

Warnings are being sent out for Amazon as well.  Millions of people use Amazon and FedEx, so just as many people are receiving these scams.  For Amazon, there is an attachment sent with email or text messages which are requesting the person to take a “free survey.”  The Amazon page is fake.

Once the survey is completed, the person is asked to enter their credit card information.  It states a product will be shipped every month, and it enrolls the party to a subscription for $98.95 per month.

When it comes to emails, the best way to check out if the website is for real is to look at the address bar at the top of the web page.  If it has Amazon or FedEx in the domain, it is safe.  If not, then consider it to be a scam.

The Cyber on Twitter gave an example of what is sent from FedEx to text messages of the parties awaiting their deliveries.  Everyone should take note, there is a legit one from Nordstrom.  They work with a third party deliver called Navar.  This is the only legit message alerting the person receiving a package.

The message states, “Nordstorm:  Your package with FEDEX is out for delivery today!  Track here,”

Those that are a scam should NEVER be opened, many people said they receive the message greeting them with either their name or as “mate.”  The hackers give a tracking code, which is the same code for everyone.  This is to show how close these messages are, and people will fall for them.

The scam text message reads, “Hello (person’s name or mate), your FEDEX package with tracking code GB-6412-GH83 is waiting for you to set delivery preferences:”

It is easy to tell the second one is not legit due to the name of the company is not in the domain of the address.  Hundreds of people came together to realize they have the same tracking code.  One would think they would use a different number, but it is a tactic that works for the hackers because some people fall for it.

Lastly, the messages will never greet a person with “Hello (person’s name or mate).”

There are a few items that are built into Android and iPhones to block spam.  The best way to avoid getting scammed is always to remain alert, and never open anything you are not sure.  Once the attachments are opened, you have been scammed.