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MILAM COUNTY T.R.I.A.D.

New Fed Ex scam just in time for holidays
Ted Hubert

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays or whatever season greeting you accept during this time of year.

Our free nation is a wonderful mix of people with many faiths, beliefs and customs. If we tolerate those that differ from our belief system, then maybe our ways that are strange to outsiders will be accepted, too.

The beliefs most people hold are traceable to their ancestors. When you think of the number of births in the USA each year compared to the world population, you quickly appreciate the blessing of being born a citizen of the United States of America. or you should, in my opinion.

The season to spread joy and good tidings across the land, to visit family and friends, to exchange presents and a time to worship God describes the activities and services that draw people together locally and from places far away.

The post office is busier in December than any other month in the year. Extra trucks, planes, trains, and more are pressed into delivering parcels.

The privatized companies such as, FedEx and United Parcel Service (UPS), are busy too and each takes full advantage of the commercialized holidays. Understandably the shipping and handling charges are high and sometimes the gift costs less than the service making the delivery Youngsters await Santa’s sleigh loaded with toys and other wonderful things hoped for. The surprises make life so exciting during the season. Gifts arrive from unexpected places and some of the expected gifts are late, which provides anxious moments for those who procrastinate.

Your best effort to order and receive products so all are under the tree can go astray. Even delivery vehicles break down; Items miss the loading schedule, human error causes problems.

So it is no surprise when the phone rings and the caller explains that a package is not deliverable. More detailed information is needed to find your residence. You start giving directions, but that is not enough so more questions are asked and the victim is urged to give data that should remain private.

The latest FedE x scam is the fraudulent email which is designed to trick the victim into giving personal data.

This is reported in both www. snopes.com and www.Ripoffreport.com websites. Deedee Riley’s website gives an account of the 2012 email she received. You can expect the same sort of email now.

Riley became suspicious when his email from FedEx stated that his package needed to be pickedup at the post office.

Riley called and confirmed her doubts. The Fed Ex agent asked Deedee to read the order number of the item being delivered.

The number is not a number FedExwoulduse. Itisascam. This is cleverly done, so that it looks authentic in every way. However, when you examine it closely, flaws are easily seen.

The delivery date is November 12th. The item, according to the email was ordered a month earlier on October 12th. Does FedEx really know the date items shipped were ordered? Would a business wait a month to ship an order?

Riley clicked on the area to print a postal receipt and instead of printing it, she was instructed todownloadan“.exefile” You should never invite these executable files to your computer because viruses can infect your computer with malware. This is a way evil people achieve intent to do harm. You want to avoid this danger if possible.

Riley was not expecting a package. This in itself would cause a closer inspection of the document. If she were expecting a package, it may have a different outcome. Deedee Riley is lucky and sharing the story might make many others lucky, also.

The picture of the email is helpful to those viewing it as it shows how official the email appears and shares the flaws he found.

If and when you get such an email, you will recognize it and you will know not to respond to it. You can report it. Here is how to do it in a few simple steps. Open the email. Be careful not to “click” on to any attachment.

Look for the “forward” button. Click forward A window will appear which allows you to type “abuse@fedex.com, then hit send.

This may show up after Christmas but if it does, you know it is a scam and you know how to report it.

It is time to write your resolutions for 2014. Among them add ways you will protect yourselves from harm.

Take time to list ways you will protect yourself, family and friends from falling victim to whims of those seeking ill gotten gains from schemes, cons, and spoofed plots.

tedh@myalphaone.net


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