Looks ARE Deceiving

Emails are too!

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You know those emails you get that look like they are from Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn, but aren’t. They’ll always ask you to click on a link to answer a question or verify your information. What you end up with is malware that can do a number of things to your computer or tablet.

Here is a very simple, non-technological way to see if that is a legitimate email. If the actual email address doesn’t show next to the From name Move your cursor over the From: name like Fedex or Twitter, etc. The actual email address will pop up. If the email address doesn’t have the sender’s domain name in it, delete the email. Sometimes the sender’s name will appear in the address, but look carefully. The rest of the address may be suspicious.

In the case on the right, this email was rampant at Christmas time when people might actually be expecting a package from Fedex. But, if it doesn’t look official, destroy it. Malware will affect your computer and your private information in a way that can cost you big bucks.

Here is a sample of an email from Fedex with what appears to be an official email. But one look at the actual email address next to the word Fedex tells you it's not from them at all. The computer anti-virus noticed it as spam in this case.

Here is a sample of an email from Fedex with what appears to be an official email. But one look at the actual email address next to the word Fedex tells you it’s not from them at all. The computer anti-virus noticed it as spam in this case.

Fedex has listed this on their website:

Fraudulent Email Alert

We have received reports of fraudulent emails with the subject lines “Shipping Conformation,” “Verify Info,” “Some important information is missing” and “Please fulfill the documents attached to verify your identity.” The fraudulent email may have an attached file that may contain a virus or other malware.

 

If you receive a message matching this description below, do not open the email or click on the attachment.Delete the email immediately or forward it to abuse@fedex.com.

FedEx does not send unsolicited emails to customers requesting information regarding packages, invoices, account numbers, passwords or personal information.

It’s a good idea to Google the message heading and go directly to the company that they intend for you to believe they are. Many provide alerts as Fedex has done.

Finally, keep your anti-virus software updated and never click on email links that you do not know where they came from. Keep your employees informed. PROTECT YOUR COMPANY!

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