Emails purporting to be from delivery company FedEx claims that a package en route to the recipient has been returned due to an addressing error and that he or she must open an attached file or follow a link to print a mailing label in order to receive the package.
The emails are not from FedEx. The claim that a package has been returned is a lie designed to trick recipients into opening the attached file or following a link. The attachment contains malware. Links in the messages open compromised websites that also contain malware.
Subject: Number (C)BCD71 911 230 0817 4270
Order Date: Thursday, 17 January 2013, 11:10 AM
Dear Customer,Your parcel has arrived at the post office at January 18.Our courier was unable to deliver the parcel to you.
To receive your parcel, please, go to the nearest office and show this receipt.
GET & PRINT RECEIPT
Best Regards, The FedEx Team.
Subject: Print your postal label
Our company’s courier couldn’t make the delivery of parcel.
Status:Wrong postal code.
PARCEL STATUS: sort order
SERVICE: Local Pickup
NUMBER OF YOUR PARCEL:U138674639NU
Label is enclosed to the letter.
Print a label and show it at your post office.
If the parcel isn’t received within 30 working days our company will have the right to claim compensation from you for it’s keeping in the amount of $12.76 for each day of keeping.
You can find the information about the procedure and conditions of parcels keeping in the nearest office.
Attachment named “FedEx_Label_ID_Order.zip” removed
Subject: FedEx Invoice copy No60359
Your package has been returned to the FedEx office.
The reason of the return is – Incorrect delivery address of the package.
Attached to the letter mailing label contains the details of the package delivery.
You have to print mailing label, and come in the FedEx office in order to receive the packages.
FedEx Express Services.
According to these emails, which claim to be from delivery company FedEx, a package en route to the recipient has been returned to the FedEx office due to an error in the package’s delivery address. The emails instruct the recipient to open an attached file which supposedly contains a mailing label that must be printed out and taken to a FedEx office to allow correct delivery of the package. Some versions claim recipients must click a link and go to a website to print off their shipping receipt.
However, the emails are not from FedEx and the claim that a package has been returned is a lie designed to fool the recipient into opening attached files or clicking links. The attachments do not contain a mailing label. Instead, they contain a malicious .exe file, usually hidden inside a seemingly innocuous .zip file, that can install malware on the user’s computer. Alternatively, links in the messages may open compromised websites that harbour the malware. Typically, this malware can modify the registry on the infected computer, connect to remote servers and download and install additional malware. The wording of the malware emails may vary, although all make reference to a package that could not be delivered.
FedEx has published a warning about this threat on its website, noting:
Be alert for fraudulent e-mails claiming to be from FedEx regarding a package that could not be delivered. These e-mails ask the receiver to open an attachment in order to obtain the airbill or invoice for picking up the package. The attachment contained in this type of e-mail activates a virus. DO NOT OPEN the attachment. Instead, delete the e-mail immediately.
These fraudulent e-mails are the unauthorized actions of third parties not associated with FedEx. When FedEx sends e-mails with tracking updates for undeliverable packages, we do not include attachments.
The tactic is not new and has been used almost continually by malware distributors since at least 2008. Other long-running versions of the malware emails claim to be from United Parcel Service (UPS) rather than FedEx.
Users should be wary of any emails that claim that delivery of a package by FedEx or UPS has failed or been delayed. Do not open any attachments that arrive with such emails as they are likely to contain trojans or other malware. Do not click any links in such emails as they may lead to malicious websites that also contain malware.
Importance NoticeAfter considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.
These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.
Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.
And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.
When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.
I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.
A Big Thank YouI would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.
I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.
Closing DateHoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.
Thank you, one and all!