Expecting a package? Be aware that a texting scam is being disguised as a delivery notification from Amazon and FedEx. If you get a text about setting up delivery preferences for a package, think again before you click on any link. Find out more on the scam below and what you need to watch out for!
You might be anxiously awaiting a package when you get a text from FedEx letting you know your package has arrived but take a second before clicking the link — it might be a scam.
FedEx and Amazon have warned customers of this realistic-looking text message scam.
The texts show what is assumed to be a tracking code and link to “set delivery preferences.”
HowToGeek.com clicked the link and it led them to a fake Amazon listing that asked them to take a customer satisfaction survey that includes a free gift. The scam then asks for personal information and a credit card number to claim the free gift — because you still need to pay a small shipping and handling fee, according to the site.
Duxbury police warned of the scam on Twitter.
“When in doubt about a tracking number go to the main website of the shipping company and search the tracking number yourself,” the tweet said.
Other Twitter users are posting about their experiences with the scam. Many discovered it was a scam after receiving messages about a package they never ordered.
FedEx says it does not send text messages or emails to customers that ask for money or personal information.
“If you receive any of these or similar communications, do not reply or cooperate with the sender,” FedEx’s website said.
FedEx warns that scams usually involve unexpected requests for money, links to slightly misspelled websites or claims that you have won a lot of money.
You can report any suspicious text messages or emails to email@example.com.