Suspicious parcels in the mail, electronic edition

FedEx has posted an alert on their website warning individuals that a scam involving an unclaimed parcel receipt and a link to print out the pickup stub. The email says you have an unclaimed package that their couriers were unable to deliver, and to follow the link to a file that one needs in order to get the package from your local FedEx location. It’s nothing particularly new, but it is a little creative. Once the link is clicked, its fair to assume that there is a nasty surprise waiting for you and your computer. Threats, from simple annoying bugs that slow down your machine, to more harmful code that could potentially steal sensitive information, make their way through these channels, among others. FedEx went on to say they “do not send unsolicited emails to customers requesting information regarding packages, invoices, account numbers, passwords or personal information.” (read the whole alert HERE)

Threats are everywhere these days. Think before you click, don’t hit links from strangers and make sure your anti-virus software is up-to-date. Symantec has a quick word about this threat and others, as well as more useful information about internet threats and security HERE. Take a quick look. It might save you a lot of grief later on.