How To Protect Yourself From The FedEx Holiday Email Scam Going Around

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While most of America takes some time off for the holidays, scammers don’t. A seasonal email scam is making the rounds this holiday season targeting FedEx customers.

FedEx is advising customers to be extra cautious as this scam is designed to prey on last-minute holiday shoppers (which is all of us, right?). These types of scams involve emails asking recipients to open an attachment in order to view an invoice or bill, which is required to pick up your package. The attachment, however, contains a virus.

“The frequency of this email tends to increase close to the holiday season, presumably to exploit the growth in shipping volumes,” FedEx says on its Customer Protection Center page.

Moreover, “Phishing emails directing users to spoofed websites pretend to represent a reputable source, such as FedEx, when in reality they are operated by criminals attempting to commit theft.”

To protect yourself, check out their website, where you can review common email scams involving the deliverer that may appear normal with subject lines that include “Regarding Your Online Access” and “Pay your Fedex invoice online.”

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When going through your emails, keep in mind FedEx never sends “unsolicited emails” asking for sensitive information such as invoices, account numbers, credit cards or anything of that nature. The company says when reading through emails, common red flags include things like grammar and punctuation errors, requests for urgent responses and warnings of penalties.

Other scammers have been infiltrating major companies like Amazon. Be sure that while you’re doing your holiday shopping you’re aware of things like fake sellers, who offer out-of-this-world deals, and end up sending buyers counterfeit products or nothing at all. A good rule of thumb? If it seems too good to be true it probably is. Another tip? Beware of just launched sellers. Be sure to check out a seller’s reviews and verify their identity before making any transactions.

Safe shopping!

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Chelsea Davis

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