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Beware of spam texts and bogus email about package deliveries

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I don’t know about you, but I’m being bombarded with spam texts and email designed to look like they’ve been sent from FedEx, UPS, DHL or the U.S. Postal Service.

The messages say a package is on its way, and I need to click on the link or open the attachment to find out more and set up my delivery preferences. These bogus messages even have bogus tracking numbers.

With so much online shopping going on right now, this is the perfect scam.

“So you think it’s a friendly reminder, but it’s a one-way ticket to a disaster,” said Adam Levin, digital security expert and author of the book "Swiped." “You never click on links and you never open attachments unless you know exactly where they’re coming from because the outcome is never going to be good.”

If you click on the link or open the attachment, you could put malware on your mobile device or computer, or you could be taken to a site that tricks you into giving away financial or sensitive personal information.

So here’s what to do: Ignore the message, or check it out the right way.

“Independently verify that you really have a package by calling the company directly or contacting them directly online at their actual verified website,” Levin advised.

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