Receiving Alerts on Fake Packages
Among many things that were changed by the pandemic were our shopping habits. Online sales, according to The United States Census Bureau, reached $211.5 billion in the second quarter of 2020 which was nearly a 45% increase year-over-year. As more and more consumers rely on e-commerce, scammers have bamboozled the unsuspecting consumer regarding a pending delivery. It starts with a message to “verify” personal information or provide payment information to reschedule delivery. Besides compromising your personal information, you could end up signing up for difficult-to-cancel subscription services.
Protect yourself by:
- Not clicking on unsolicited links or attachments in texts or emails claiming to be from package delivery services.
- Do not supply your personal information
- As in most scams, look out for words like “urgent” or “last chance”
- Go the source, that is the official delivery service website direct and check the tracking number.