FedEx officially released this statement on their website about this particular computer virus scam:
“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.”
If you weren’t expecting a delivery from FedEx, this virus can be easily identified as a knock-off scam, however if coincidentally you were expecting a package, this could turn into a silly mistake that could cost you.
Basically what happens is an email comes to your inbox that appears to be a legitimate FedEx delivery email that includes an attachment said to be a tracking receipt.
Here is an example of the FedEx Scam email text:
Tracking ID: 5521-93679984
Date: Monday, 25 February 2013, 10:22 AM
Your parcel has arrived at February 27.Courier was unable to deliver the parcel to you at 27 February 06:33 PM.
To receive your parcel, please, print this receipt and go to the nearest office.
Best Regards, The FedEx Team.
DO NOT OPEN THE ATTACHMENT! This attachment could contain a virus. This is just an example of many different email scam viruses currently going around the internet. If you were scammed into clicking on the attachment, it may not be too late to rescue your data, and recover your computer. Bring your computer into Ivanhoe Computers for computer repair service if you think you may have downloaded the FedEx virus.