package and shipping notification scams are on the rise and being used by
fraudsters to steal personal and financial information.
types of scams are phishing scams where a fraudster contacts the victim
claiming to be a mail carrier, delivery service, retailer, or ecommerce brand via
phone call, email, or SMS message and says that they were unable to deliver a
package as expected.
messages will often contain a link to a false tracking number, which either
directs the user to a phishing website or directly downloads malware onto the
device being used to access the message. The messages often imitate the
branding of large courier companies which can add to their perceived
the messages typically ask the intended victims to verify private information
and payment details to “reschedule” the delivery as an attempt to commit
identity or financial fraud.
a different variation, false package delivery notifications contain attachments, which if opened, install malware like ransomware on the individual
device or network.
your risk with the following fraud prevention tips:
- Do not open
suspicious emails, or click on links or open attachments contained in
- Be cautious of unknown websites. Be sure the website you're visiting is secure indicated by "https://" and a “lock” symbol.
- Do not provide
personal or account information when asked. Openly sharing information on
social media can provide an identity thief with the necessary information to
impersonate you or answer certain challenge questions.
- Be suspicious of
“urgent” or “immediate” response needed or “unauthorized login attempt” of your
- Activate two-factor /
multi-factor authentication whenever possible.
- Sign up for account
alerts and review your accounts regularly.
If you ever need to discuss a potential threat or scenario
with our team, we are here for you! Call us at 509-943-5676 and ask to speak
with our Fraud Department.