Have you all been getting a lot of emails, purporting to be from FedEx, UPS and the US Postal Service?
I’ve been plagued with these things for weeks and weeks. They look official, often even using the proper logo, although sometimes the wording is a little awkward and the grammar is questionable. This leads me to believe they are sent from some foreign land.
Anyway, these emails either inform me that my “package has been delivered” or that they tried to deliver it and missed me. The bottom line is that they want me to open up their “tracking” attachments and provide some type of info to them, which they would doubtlessly use in some nefarious manner.
I’m sure that these are scams because a couple of times I tried to open the attachments and my computer warned me that they are unsafe. So now, when I get them — and that’s pretty much every day — I put them directly into the “phishing” file.
These emails about phantom packages are only a portion of what bombards one’s computer these days. Every day I get at least a couple about ketos. I don’t open them because I don’t know what a keto is and I don’t want to know. Apparently it’s something to do with a healthy diet. But I’m too busy eating my hamburgers, ribs, pies and cakes to worry about something called a keto.
Hey, it sounds kind of like a small Asian car, doesn’t it? “Have you driven the new Keto? Visit your Keto dealer today!”
Oh, well. Getting back to unwanted emails, among the more prevalent kinds are the ones promising to enhance your sex life and make you feel 20 years younger. I’m sure they’re a scam, too. They’re probably selling sugar pills that would no more help your love life than an Oreo cookie would. In fact, I’d put my money on the Oreo. At least they get you in a good mood.
And thank goodness, we’re pretty much over the emails that claimed to be from a young lawyer in Nigeria who is handling the estate of a multi-millionaire who has passed away. And the young lawyer has picked me — ME — out of all the people on the planet, to receive the millions. Gosh, think of the odds. All they want me to do is to forward my bank account number to them, so they can make the deposit in my account, making me rich as all get out.
Well, I can’t imagine that anybody would fall for that one, but apparently a few people did. But those young lawyers from Africa have pretty much been chased from the realm of Email.
When I think about scams like this, I start to get angry, because it’s likely that old folks make up most of the victims. How someone could devote time and effort to stealing the life savings of some senior citizen is beyond my comprehension. If those scammers were ever arrested I would hope that they would be given 99 years, without possibility of parole.
So, anyway, if the postal and package scammers start to send you email notices that your parcel has been delivered or is missing, don’t open up the attachment. They waiting to get you if you do!