Hey FedEx! Is Rudolph AWOL?

Update: 4:30 pm Dec. 6 -All is forgiven – Santa arrived – she was cery bice, too – carrying a package with ease that I could hardly lift – ahh youth 😉 So while FedEx tracking l(in this case) eaves something to be desired, the service performed up to my expectations. That is, the original delivery date was today and it arrived today. Rudolph is doing fine, as well – so case closed!

Update: 4:30 pm Dec. 5 – package has arrived in Connecticut and delivery is now estimated for tomorrow – the original delivery date. Now my main concern is do they make residential deliveries on Saturday? (Maybe the anser is “yes” for the Christmas season? We’ll see.) But I’m now optimistic that at least the original schedule will be met and my package has not been lost in the fog of a weather delay. Call off the red alert for Rudolph 😉

Free Christmas Clipart Picture of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. Click Here to Get Free Images at Clipart Guide.comI usually find the FedEx tracking of a package helpful. My latest experience is just – well – annoying. I mean I’m a 68-year-old kid waiting for Santa and he’s a no-show!

I placed an order on November 28. The company I ordered from – very reliable = showed it as shipped on Nov. 29 – Saturday. OK, so it doesn’t show up in the FedEx system until Monday, Dec. 1 with an expected delivery date of December 6. (Another Saturday – do they deliver on Saturday?) But apparently it hasn’t even been picked up yet.

I later learn it arrives at the FedEd location at 8:27 pm Dec. 1. OK. But no more data yet from Fed Ex – then on December 2 it shows up in the FedEX system “in tranit” and great news! It is Tuesday, and the new expected delivery date is now Thursday, Dec. 4 – whoopee!

Anxious, I check regularly. No more reports on its progress. Thursday morning – no new reports. For it to be delivered it must be in the neighborhood now, right – the “on the truck” thing. . I don’t really expect it, but I make preparations for it to arrive (about an hour’s work) and all day I go out of my way to be around home because I will have to sign for this. There is an ominous hint on the FedEx tracking site though – a red note that says there’s bad weather at the Memphis hub. No specific indication that this affects my package – just a general “oops” alert. I’m still seeing an expected delivery date of that day,

It doesn’t come, of course, though the dogs call me to the door several times with unexpected barking. (They’re my alarm – I don’t hear well.) When I get up this morning only one thing has changed – still have the red alert notice, still show the “in transit” with no new entries – but now there is no expected delivery date showing. Not Thursday (past) or Saturday (tomorrow) nothing. So my gut feeling is for now my precious cargo is lost in either real space or cyberspace or both.

This is like learning that it’s a foggy Christmas Eve and Santa can’t find Rudolph anywhere! Come on FedEd, stop toying with my emotions 😉

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5 Responses

  1. If you don’t know, unsolicited emails from fedex and UPS contains spyware that tries to retrieve your bank or credit acct. no.

  2. […] Hey FedEx! Is Rudolph AWOL? […]

  3. I didn’t know that – and no offense intended, but I’m suspicious of all information that doesn’t have some minimal amount of documenting. How do we know FedEx and UPS are doing this? (I checked Snopes.com and could find no reference to this.)

  4. I can’t remember which news org. published this but here it is:

    FBI is giving out warnings in-connection with cyber Mondays, against spam containing malware and phishing attempts that appear to be greeting cards and advertisements for shopping bargains.
    These bogus e-mail attempts are to entice victims to dummy e-commerce sites in hopes of obtaining credit card numbers and passwords as stated by the FBI.
    By mimicking legitimate sites, they con the unsuspecting shoppers into giving up their personal information, the shopper then has the impression that they are making a legitimate purchase.
    These e-mails even look real containing legitimate company logos and live links.
    It is also known, by the FBI, that in some cases these criminals direct the user’s to genuine websites. This will trigger pop-ups over the websites and will capture personal information which they can use to run up credit-card bills and to drain bank accounts.
    The bureau states that the information that is retrieved will most likely to be sold to other criminals who will then exploit the information for cash and merchandise.
    Greeting card scams can come in all forms of e-mails urging the user’s to enter/click on a link with regards to a greeting card that has been sent to them to read. Once the user has entered/clicked on that link, they are directed to a site where malicious software is automatically downloaded onto their computer systems.

  5. I thought the original suggested FedEd was doing this – but the fact that others are doing so under false colors is helpful. In fact, FedEX warns about this on their Web site. Here’s what they say:

    FedEx has been alerted to the unauthorized use of its business names, service marks and logos by persons or companies fraudulently representing themselves as FedEx or as representatives of FedEx.

    Millions of fraudulent e-mails are deployed daily. They claim to come from a wide variety of sources, and some claim to be from FedEx or representing FedEx. Fraudulent e-mail messages, often referred to as “phishing” or brand “spoofing,” are becoming increasingly common. These types of e-mails often use corporate logos, colors and legal disclaimers to make it appear as though they are real. They are sent in an attempt to trick people into sending money and providing personal information such as usernames, passwords and/or credit card details, and for the purpose of committing theft, identity theft and/or other crimes.

    Recognizing Phishing Scam E-mails
    Recognizing phishing scam e-mails is key to protecting yourself against such theft and other crimes. Indicators that an e-mail might be fraudulent include:

    * Unexpected requests for money in return for delivery of a package or other item, personal and/or financial information, such as your Social Security number, bank account number, or other identification.
    * Links to misspelled or slightly altered Web-site addresses. For example, variations on the correct Web-site address fedex.com, such as fedx.com or fed-ex.com.
    * Alarming messages and requests for immediate action, such as “Your account will be suspended within 24 hours if you don’t respond” or claims that you’ve won the lottery or a prize.
    * Spelling and grammatical errors and excessive use of exclamation points (!).

    FedEx does not request, via unsolicited mail or e-mail, payment or personal information in return for goods in transit or in FedEx custody. If you have received a fraudulent e-mail that claims to be from FedEx, you can report it by forwarding it to abuse@fedex.com.

    If you have any questions or concerns about services provided by FedEx, please review our services at fedex.com/us/services or contact FedEx Customer Service at 1.800.GoFedEx 1.800.463.3339.

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