Bogus FedEx E-mails Infect Computer with Malware
Nearly two intended victims of a computer virus originating with a mail that seems to have come from Federal Express have been reported.
The users did not fall to the fraud, which tells the victim about a package sent by them through FedEx was not delivered because of an incorrect address.
The mail asks the users to open an attachment for an invoice that enables them to take the package at a local FedEx office.
The Enterprise-Record heard from a Chico woman who got the mail but stated that she had not used FedEx recently, as per the reports by ChicoER.com on August 25, 2010.
The company says that people who have never used FedEx are receiving the mails. If the user opens the attachment, it corrupts files and operating systems with a malware.
A similar kind of virus appeared in connection with the fake FedEx mails in 2008. In the last attack, the mail read that 'unfortunately they were not able to deliver postal package sent by you on August 1st in time due to incorrect address of the recipient'. Please take the print of invoice copy attached with the mail and collect the package at the office.
In order to safeguard its customers from this fake mail, the company has posted a virus alert on its site. The alert message read - Be alert against fake e-mails representing to have come from FedEx about a package which could not be delivered. These e-mails encourage the recipient to click on attachment to obtain the invoice or airbill for accessing package. The attachment contained in this type of e-mail activates a virus.'
The company has cautioned not to open the attachment and recommends the users to delete the mail at once. These fake mails are the unauthentic actions of third parties not related with FedEx. When FedEx forwards e-mails about tracking updates for undelivered packages, they do not send any attachments.
Further, the company states the same thing for its latest virus mail scam. FedEx does not ask for, through uninvited mail or mail, payment or private details for goods in transit or in FedEx charge.
In an online post about the virus, FedEx told the mails look doubtful, but they can not do anything to stop them reaching random intended victims.
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