Parcel delivery scams on the rise

Parcel delivery scams are increasingly being made as Christmas approaches

Scammers regularly pretend to be parcel delivery companies such as UPS or FedEx. With Christmas approaching, many emails are circulating and attempt to scam Internet users.

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The modus operandi of these scams is simple. Scammers send emails or text messages pretending to be from parcel delivery companies. These messages inform recipients that they have a package awaiting delivery. The messages often include a link to a malicious website. Victims are then prompted to enter their credit card information to pay for the delivery charges.

However, this is actually an attempt to steal victims’ bank details. Once scammers have access to credit card information, they can use this data to make fraudulent purchases. They can even completely empty the victim’s bank account.

Companies like UPS or Fedex will never ask you to pay a fee to collect a parcel

It is important to note that companies like UPS or FedEx never ask the recipients to pay the delivery costs before receiving the package. If you receive an email or text message asking you to pay for delivery costs, it is very likely a scam.

Here are some tips to avoid falling victim to a delivery parcel scam:

  •     Never click on a link in a suspicious email or text message. If you receive a message informing you of a package awaiting delivery, go directly to the shipping company website to check the status of your delivery.
  •     Never share your credit card information or any other personal information with strangers. If you are asked to pay the delivery costs before receiving the package, it is most likely a scam.
  •     Be vigilant when you receive e-mails or text messages from companies like UPS or Fedex. Fraudulent messages can often be identified by misspellings or bad grammar, as well as suspicious links. If you have any doubts, contact the companies directly to verify the authenticity of the message.

In conclusion, fake parcel delivery scams are increasingly common, and it is important to be vigilant to avoid them. If you receive an e-mail or a call, beware and never communicate your bank details.

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