3 months ago for day 204, 2020 with 318 words.

Mystery FedEx

Days sheltering in place: 2^7.
Exercise: does shopping count?
Keyboarding: E Eb E Eb E Eb E Eb E B D C A.

Today I received an e-mail from FedEx letting me know that a package was on its way from FedEx. This wasn’t a surprise, stuff arrives by FedEx, UPS, DHL, OnTrac and USPS all the time.

Opening the e-mail, it said:


Hmm, Wal-Mart again. I didn’t order anything from Wal-Mart. I did order something from Amazon, which isn’t due until next week. I did order a couple of spare inner-tubes for our bikes as Karen’s has a flat - which she has solved by buying a new bike - but I had already received the shipping notice for that.

I have a vague memory that the last time I ordered the same item from Amazon the seller drop shipped it from Wal-Mart, so it might indeed be that.

Then I considered that it was a fishing e-mail as I had two very phishy text messages today pretending to be Wells Fargo Bank. Sending to text messages with different fake URL’s wasn’t exactly a bright move.

I checked the headers as Google wasn’t convinced that the e-mail was really from FedEx as it failed all sorts of DKIM and SPF security checks. Looking through the HTML source of the e-mail I couldn’t see anything phishy.

However, the FedEx shipping e-mail was not sent to an address that I use for FedEx, Wal-Mart or Amazon. It is a throw away e-mail address that I use when I suspect the company I am giving it to will abuse it.

This could be some elaborate scam, we will have to wait until Saturday to find out. Could it be another box of pens or something more useful.

Also, who is sending me this stuff.


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