CHRISTMAS CONS NOW TARGETING YOUR ORDERED PACKAGES

There’s a new round of scams, and they play on anticipated delivery of the packages you’ve ordered, whether through the U.S. Postal Service, United Parcel Service, FedEx or other delivery companies.

In one version, scammers are sending out fake delivery notification emails as part of a phishing scheme to steal customer information. Among the subject lines in these fake emails are: “We could not deliver your parcel,” “Please Confirm Your Shipment,” Problems with item delivery” and “Your order is ready to be delivered.”

People who receive the emails can be easily fooled because the address is similar to the company’s name, and the content can include company logos that look like the real thing.

Once you open the email, the scammers hope to con you into clicking on a link.

Here are some common ploys that you might see in these bogus emails, according to Kim Komando, who hosts a website about technology:



• “Package could not delivered, click here to redeliver the package.”

• “Print the attached form and bring to your local post office to pick up your package.”

• “Click here to authorize the release of the package. It’s held up at the post office or customs.”


If you fall for the come-on, you might be taken to a legitimate-looking site that will ask you to provide account information, such as logins and credit card information, or a clicked-upon link or attachment could unleash malware that could infect your computer, locking it up and stealing information.