Fake, virus-laden FedEx emails appearing in inboxes

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by REBEKAH HOOD / KVUE.com

kvue.com

Posted on December 7, 2012 at 1:51 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 5:28 AM

AUSTIN -- Today I did something I've never done. I clicked on an email link that contained a computer virus.

I was the perfect target. Because I've been ordering the majority of my Christmas gifts online and recently sent a Christmas gift via FedEx, when I saw an email that appeared to be from FedEx in my inbox, I clicked on it without hesitation.

Here is what I saw:

Because I glanced over the email hasitly, I didn't noticed the glaring grammatical errors that could have tipped me off to the fact that the email was, in fact, a fake.

When the link seemed not to open my desired mail receipt, I re-read the email and to my horror, I noticed its mistakes. I quickly went to FedEx's website where I found their notice about fraudulent emails that have been circulating the Internet. At about that same time, my computer started reacting to the virus I had accidentally downloaded.

Cue my embarrassment and shame (and numerous apologies to our computer engineer).

If you receive an email from FedEx, do not open it or click the link inside if it looks like one of the emails seen here.

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