Examples that are coming into BBB’s Scam Tracker include spoofing shipping company names, telling the recipients that they have old packages to claim and to schedule a dropoff by clicking the link. Check out an example here.
Another iteration tells you your package shipped and to click to check on it using the FexEx name.
This one, sent from “USPS” tells the recipients that there’s an important notice about an old package.
Clicking the link either takes you to a form that asks for personally identifying information, or to a site that downloads malware onto your computer.
Avoid clicking on the tracking link; go to the shipper’s website and type in the code to see if it is real.
If you receive a text like this, BBB has tips to spot a fake:
1. You haven’t ordered anything recently. Always keep track of your receipts for online retailers and shipping information handy.
2. Read the fine print when you purchase items online. You may not know it, but you may have signed up for text alerts from the retailer. Check the retailer’s website to see if text correspondences are part of their outreach.
4. Report it. You can report these scams to BBB’s Scam Tracker.