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gloria
31 Jan 2012

The worse part of these types of scams in when you HAVE shipped something recently- so now you wonder>>>???
But then I remembered that I hadn't given my email -so How could they possibly be notifying me that way....!!??
Got to be a scam!
but it does look pretty official!
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Posted by:

Nat
31 Jan 2012

I received one of these too. I copied the tracking number from the email and pasted it into Google. Google search identified it as a bogus tracking number.

Posted by:

George Hilton
31 Jan 2012

Have received a variation on this -- "your recent FedEx package could not be delivered" -- fortunately the tracking number listed did not correspond to the package I had recently shipped out.
Going pfishing!

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john moore
31 Jan 2012

You should tell us how to "view email headers" I can't find that option anywhere in gmail.

EDITOR'S NOTE: It's different in every email program, but in Gmail, you need to click the tiny "down arrow" in the top-right corner of the message pane (near the message date & time), then click "Show original". The first "Received:" line is what you're after, but note that they show in opposite order, so it'll be the one at the bottom of the stack. Here's what mine looked like:

Received: from [124.71.150.129] (account libbed591@usps.com HELO jzaxsjujgibufet.biz)
by meghaapparels.com (CommuniGate Pro 5.2.3)

Using the free Maxmind.com IP-to-Geo service, I determined that "124.71.150.129" was in Beijing, China.

Posted by:

JayB
31 Jan 2012

I received one of these messages some time ago, so long that I have forgotten whether it was FedEx or UPS, but I am leaning toward UPS. I knew that I had not shipped a package and was not expecting one either. I do not recall the exact wording of the message but I remember thinking that it sounded a bit odd, so I read it a second time to be sure I understood what it said and upon reading it the second time it occured to me that no shipper would send a message like that. I just deleted the message without further ado.

Posted by:

don
31 Jan 2012

I GOT ONE TODAY BUT DIDNOT OPEN IT
YOUR BEWARE THE FEDEX SHIPMENT NOTIFICATION
SCAM CONFIRM MY SUSPECT IT WAS A SCAM.?
THANK YOU
DON KOOS

Posted by:

JonS
31 Jan 2012

Lots and lots of e-mails about delivery problems,tax audits and unpaid traffic tickets. If I'll just complete the attached form.....

A particular favorite are the messages telling me that Southwest, Starbucks or some other big company has a limited number of free coupons left. All I need to do is click on a link or attachment. Many of the e-mails originate from a "friend" with an AOL address. Ah AOL, how hard you've fallen!

Thanks Bob! Appreciate the heads up!

Posted by:

Jim Burnett
31 Jan 2012

I too received one of these but it was right around Christmas and I was expecting packages. I tried to do the tracking number and that's when I found out it was bogus. I e-chatted FedEx and they told me that the tracking number did not even fit their pattern.

Posted by:

Chuck
31 Jan 2012

Just this AM I received a similar notice from DHL. I am on a list for both FedEx and DHL and get these often. I too will never click on that attachment.

There was once a real message from FedEx telling me a package was delivered. Suspicious, I did not follow the link but used my own - and it was real, somehow my account number was used but names and addresses are furnished in this info so I was able to stop that charge. Fedex fixed it quickly.

I love the phishing scams with misspelled words or incorrect grammar. Duh! No way will I allow that message to live for even 5 more seconds.

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George
31 Jan 2012

I have received a different type of about 10 days ago.I received a email supposedly from my mortgage bank,Bank of America confirming my payment and to click the link below to sign into my account.
Problem is my payment was Paid January 1st and BoA sent confirmation email to that effect on January 2nd.BoA does not include a link to sign in to an account they state to go to their site and sign in sign into your account no link is provided.

Posted by:

Marcy
31 Jan 2012

If in Gmail you hover your mouse over the sent from address you will see where it came from without ever opening it. I find it MAY have FEDEX someplace in the address but the rest of it stinks of being bogus. Lots of people take their email down to their machine without ever checking each one and end up with trouble. I check my mail on Gmail first and only take down what I know to be ok. :-) Gmail is the best I've found at weeding out the spam but misses some at times. Maybe one a week or so and I get at least 100+ messages a day.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Hi Marcy, The From address is not a reliable indicator of the true sender, as it can be faked so easily. You need to find the IP address from the first Received: line, as I mentioned in a previous comment.

Posted by:

Pat Miller
31 Jan 2012

I always do a security check on anything like this using Snopes and Naked Security (Sophos). My email account is also pretty good at spotting them and putting them automatically in my Spam Folder which affords a level of protection.

Posted by:

Andy
31 Jan 2012

I have received hundreds of these from FedEx, UPS and DHL. Many times the email is addressed to MANY other people and NOT only me!!! The spelling is awful and the grammar. I have never used any of these any way.
Many times these emails have viruses attached anyway.

Posted by:

Nitin
31 Jan 2012

Thanks Mr. Bob, but I can't receive it because before receive my antivirus alert about it.

Posted by:

Viv
31 Jan 2012

I have received this message several times.
The first time, a couple of years ago, I wrote to FedEx before opening it and they said they knew there was such a message but it wasn't from them.

Posted by:

Anna
31 Jan 2012

This same thing has happened to me several times about UPS shipments -- always AFTER I have already received the package -- so I have always figured it was something bogus and never clicked on any links.

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John
31 Jan 2012

I received a notice from Discover saying that I needed to go to their WEb Site to update my personal info in order that my card not be voided.And that I needed to do this before 30 Jan 2012. Now I knew that my card didn't expire for several more years and that there was a gramitical error in the body of the alert, so I suspected it wasw a phishing e-mail. It also asked that I call the 1-800 number on the back of my card.. My card has no such number. A call to Discover proved that they did not send this alert and for me to delete it, which I did. Folks be careful out there. THis alert looked exactly like it was sent by Discover even to having the O in Discover in Orange.

Posted by:

Dolores
31 Jan 2012

These notifications have been going around for some time. I have received at least 4 or 5; Hotmail put them in Junk. I didn't give it a second look, just immediately deleted.

Posted by:

jerry
31 Jan 2012

Same here. I get these all the time. In fact I'm a member of a group that harasses these people. Some are scams some are malicious malware, Rogue Fake AV software and such. Typically if it's in a zip file it's malware. If it's a txt file it's phishing and/or Advance Fee Fraudsters (419...the Nigerian Penal Code, also known as the Spanish Prisoner Scam which is actually centuries old). Speeding Citations from NY and other parts are malware. If you hover over the attachment or link in most webmails you can see the true address or file extension. DO NOT rely on link scanners of any kind to warn you that your about to be infected. The best you can hope for is some of the multi scanners fail to resolve the ip. That's a good indication of a malicious link. They also come in PDF files as well which will hide some things by default and allow them to be executed on your machine. Look for all large caps in the subject line. That's usually a good sign of malicious intent. Or no subject. Your best bet is to resolve the FULL HEADERS of the email and remember that FEDEX, BANKS, ONLINE LOTTERIES that you never entered do NOT contact you via email under ANY circumstances. Watch out for employment scams as well. They will (under the guise of hiring you to post payments for them to accounts in the US and elsewhere), then send you forged cashiers checks, Travellers Checks (American Express),etc. telling you to cash them at your bank and keep a percentage for yourself then send the lion's share to them. They don't care if you get arrested for forgery, or wire fraud, or anything else. They have sent me mails ostensibly from the FBI and he headers are spoofed to fall in range of FBI mail servers. In the end, most of them just aren't that bright and they tip their hand somewhere. Remeber, if it sounds to good to be true on the internet...it is. No probably to it.
Be safe out there.

Posted by:

Jen
31 Jan 2012

Mine was from Standard freight to my work email saying they want to do a residential delivery and needed an adult signature. This was early Jan. Personal stuff doesn't go to my work email, so I threw it out. I bet it might have been like this Fed EX one.

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