According to this email, international delivery company FedEx has sent you a message with the “required information”.
It does not say what this required information relates to but instead urges you to click a button to view details.
The email includes the FedEx logo and a seemingly legitimate FedEx footer.
However, the email is not from FedEx and the link does not lead to any FedEx related information, required or otherwise.
The email is spam that is designed to trick you into visiting a scammy online drug store that tries to peddle a range of pharmaceutical products.
The spammers know that at least a few of the people who they have tricked into visiting the spam site will end up buying one or more of its dodgy products.
Purchasing products from one of these spam websites is a very bad idea. Those who do have no way of knowing if the product is the real thing or some potentially harmful substitute. And, because the medicine has not been properly prescribed by a doctor, it may interfere with other medications that users are taking or be unsuitable – or even downright dangerous – due to other health conditions that the buyer may have.
That is if they actually receive the product they ordered at all.
Online criminals regularly use fake FedEx notification emails to distribute malware and trick people into visiting spam sites.
The FedEx website provides information about recognising and reporting such fraudulent emails.
A screenshot of the spam email:
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!