Online purchases which already were sizable have grown tremendously during the Coronavirus pandemic so it is not surprising that scammers are attempting to use that fact to create scams. I have reported to you about delivery scams for years. Today’s version of a delivery scam involves a phishing email such as the one reproduced below which are sent in large numbers to people with the hope and expectation that people expecting a delivery will fall for the scam. The email indicates that an additional small payment is necessary in order to receive your package. If you click on the link provided, you are directed to an official looking payment page where you are prompted to enter personal information including your credit or debit card number. Unfortunately, anyone doing so will have provided their credit or debit card information to a scammer who will charge the credit or debit card much more than the small amount indicated in the email.
There are many indications that this is a scam. These emails have been coming from email addresses that have no relation to the delivery services from which the email purports to be sent. Instead, the email address is often that of an unfortunate person whose email has been hijacked and made part of a botnet of computers used by scammers to send out such emails. Also the mass produced scam email is addressed to “Dear Customer” rather than using your name.
Never click on links in emails or text messages unless you have absolutely confirmed that the communication is legitimate. Otherwise you run to great a risk of downloading malware or providing information used to make you a victim of identity theft. If you are inclined to think that the email may be legitimate, rather than click on the link and provide the requested information, you should call the real delivery service at a telephone number you know is accurate to find out the truth. Real delivery services will provide you with a tracking number that you can use to check on the status of legitimate deliveries.
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