Fraud Alert: Watch out for holiday shipping scams
This is a big week for package delivery scams.
With so many gifts ordered online this year, an email that looks like it's from a well-known shipping service, like UPS, FedEx or the U.S. Postal Service, doesn't tend to raise any red flags.
The crooks are counting on that. They're sending out fake messages with subject lines such as: “Your Order is Ready for Shipment,” or “We Could Not Deliver Your Package,” or “Please Confirm Delivery.”
The email typically includes a link to click or an attachment to open that supposedly contains all the details.
The attachment is loaded with malware. Open it and you'll infect your computer.
The link will take you to a bogus site that looks like the shipper’s legitimate website. It’s a phishing scam, designed to collect your personal information to be used for identity theft. Clicking on the link could also infect your computer with malware.
If you receive such a notice – don't respond. Call the retailer or shipping company directly to resolve any issues.