Pay Close Attention to Emails and Don’t Fall for This Shipping Scam

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‘Tis the season for giving, but unfortunately, it’s also a popular time of year for scammers to prey on those ordering gifts. Unlike the holiday gift exchange scam/pyramid scheme that was going around on Facebook earlier this month, this shipping scam targets people who think they are receiving packages.

WFAA explains that FedEx wants to warn Americans that they’ve seen an increase in a common email scam. Recipients will spot an email that appears to be from FedEx in their inbox that reads “FedEx: Delivery Problems Notification” in the subject line. Once someone opens the email and clicks on a link to figure out what’s going on, their computer becomes infected with a virus. says that the email often reads, “Unfortunately we were not able to deliver postal package you sent on December the 14 in time because the recipient’s address is not correct. Please print out the invoice copy attached and collect the package at our office.”


Those who receive an email like this should contact [email protected] and of course, don’t click on any links. FedEx wouldn’t send an unsolicited email concerning a package, so even if the email looks very official, it definitely isn’t, and opening it will lead to a major headache.