FedEx Document Malware Email
The criminals who sent the email shown in the below example have wasted no effort at all in attempting to craft a plausible cover story. And yet, simple scammer ruses such as this can often be very effective.
The scammers rely on the subject line alone - 'FedEx Document 694316328970' - to trick at least a few recipients into opening the attached file.
The body of the email contains nothing other than a short message asking people to help the environment by only printing if necessary.
Nevertheless, some recipients - out of simple curiosity or perhaps because they are expecting news of a FedEx delivery - will likely proceed and click the attached .zip file in the hope of seeing what 'FedEx Document' it contains.
But, alas, the .zip file contains not a FedEx document, but rather a trojan that, once installed, can download and install further malware.
It can be easy to let your guard down, especially if you are busy or tired. But, keep in mind that organizations such as FedEx are not going to send out vague and unprofessional email notifications like this one.
If you receive such an email do not open any attachments or click any links that it contains.
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Subject: FedEx Document 694316328970
Please take care of the environment, print only if necessary.
Attached file: documents fedex_descriptions.zip
Last updated: April 7, 2015
First published: April 7, 2015
By Brett M. Christensen