Watch out for this holiday scam!

Posted by: Mary

Watch out for this holiday scam! - 12/05/12 01:41 PM

I am very careful with every piece of mail that comes my way, but this one got me:

During this holiday season, I've been ordering all sorts of Christmas presents and delivery men from UPS, Fed-Ex, etc are always stopping at the house with goodies.

I got an email claiming to be from Fed-Ex saying that they tried to deliver a package for us but no one was home. I was instructed to fill out the form attached and contact them to find a convenient time to pick up the package. Coincidently, my husband and I WERE out of the house that day, so it sounded legit.

So I did hit the "download form" button. I no sooner did that than I realized what I had done.

Then the Norton Anti-virus notices started popping up--over and over again. Thankfully I had Norton to warn me.
However, even with Norton blocking, I still found two more problems using Malwarebytes. So, be very, VERY vigilant this holiday season; even the most careful of us put our guards down sometimes, and the scam artists don't!
Posted by: Draclvr

Re: Watch out for this holiday scam! - 12/05/12 01:54 PM

Good advice, Mary. I had a friend who is very vigilant fall for the same scam about 9 months ago. None of the delivery companies will email you asking for any information.
Posted by: BobH

Re: Watch out for this holiday scam! - 12/05/12 02:11 PM

Thanks for the warning Mary. Good to know Draclvr.

Mary, I am also very careful about opening attachments or clicking on links and I have also been bit a couple of times.
Posted by: looney4labs

Re: Watch out for this holiday scam! - 12/05/12 02:41 PM

Thanks for the warning! puppy
Posted by: Mad

Re: Watch out for this holiday scam! - 12/05/12 05:50 PM

I was sent the same type of thing - here in the UK.
SO annoying thumbsdown
Posted by: Sorta Blonde

Re: Watch out for this holiday scam! - 12/05/12 07:14 PM

I'll be watching for this one. Ohhhhhh! I hesitate to enter any info on line if I didn't initiate the contact. Gotta be soooo careful.
Posted by: Homer6

Re: Watch out for this holiday scam! - 12/06/12 02:38 AM

Fed-X, UPS, and other delivery agencies will put a notice on your door if they have something that requires someone be home in order for it to be delivered.

What I've found when these fake notices occur, the agency it's suppose to be from like for you to send them the fake e-mail. I know PayPal does and so does my credit card provider. For PayPal you send them to Spoof@paypal.com. Your credit card provider, like mine, should have an e-mail address for their fraud division.

You may want to contact Fed-X and see if they'd like you to send future fakes to them before deleting them.
Posted by: Mary

Re: Watch out for this holiday scam! - 12/06/12 08:32 AM

I must admit, Homer, once I realized what I had done I deleted the piece of mail very quickly. I'll pay more attention next time, that's for sure!
Posted by: Homer6

Re: Watch out for this holiday scam! - 12/06/12 12:07 PM

Yeah, Mary, once bit twice shy.

The first time I ever received one of these type notices I was very tempted to see what was going on. Fortunately, and I hadn't paid a lot of attention to it at the time, I'd heard/read about fakes being sent and what had happened to those who opened the links. It had also been said legitimate business won't ever e-mail you asking for personal information.

Now when I receive these fakes, my first thought is does it sound to good to be true. My second thought is to think back and see if I remember making this or that purchase. Or not paid this or that bill. My next thought is to find a phone number for that business, especially one I do business with on a regular basis, and phone them to see if they did send me the e-mail.

So far, the ones I've received that smell have not been sent by who they claim to be. And I've since learned what is a legitimate e-mail from the businesses I do business with. That's why I say contact what ever business the e-mail claims to be from in order to make sure it's genuine. Because you just might get an e-mail that is legitimate and end up not paying a bill.
Posted by: BrownEyedTigre

Re: Watch out for this holiday scam! - 12/06/12 10:30 PM

I just got one from Amazon saying my order was canceled with a link to access in case it was an error. Of course they sent it to an email address of mine that is not used for any web items. lol12
Posted by: Draclvr

Re: Watch out for this holiday scam! - 12/06/12 11:00 PM

They may be creative, but clever is not one of their strong points! Usually my first clue is absolutely DREADFUL English!
Posted by: Gimli

Re: Watch out for this holiday scam! - 12/07/12 03:35 AM

2 days ago I got a scam mail with the (perfectly copied!) logo of my bank. As Draclvr says: in an awfull English. I immediately said shame12 and deleted it subito. But first I took a printscreen and sent it to my customer consultant at the bank. They are always glad to get warnings of scammers. There are a few bad boys in the world!

Evelyne
Posted by: Leeana

Re: Watch out for this holiday scam! - 12/07/12 04:51 PM

Thank You I will be more protected with advise like this TY :) <3
Posted by: Leeana

Re: Watch out for this holiday scam! - 12/07/12 04:52 PM

Thank You I will be more protected with advise like this TY :)