The winter holidays are upon us and scams that leverage the holiday season to target you are in full effect right now.
Today, we present Day 5 of The 12 Days of Holiday Fraud – our version of the holiday classic The 12 Days of Christmas. We’re warning about the top 12 scams we see leading up to the holidays and how to avoid falling victim to fraudsters.
“On the fifth day of the holidays, my scammer targeted me with . . .”
DAY 5: Package Delivery
Due to the combination of the increasing trend of shopping online for holiday gifts and the COVID-19 pandemic, more packages will be delivered during the final month of 2020 than ever before.
As a result, the threat of scammers using fake package delivery notifications to steal your credit card or banking information will also be bigger than ever. This scam is often executed via an email or text message saying a package is scheduled for delivery and asking you to confirm details.
- Companies that provide delivery services, such as Amazon, UPS, FedEx, etc., will NEVER ask you for personal or confidential information, such as credit card or banking information or your account password. If you receive an email or text that appears to be from a delivery service asking for such info, it is a scam.
- If you have question or concerns about a missing a package, contact the service or store directly at the phone number that you know is correct. You can also use package tracking services such as those listed below:
- UPS Tracking Services: https://www.ups.com/track?loc=en_US&requester=ST/
- FedEx Tracking: https://www.fedex.com/en-us/tracking.html
- Amazon Tracking: https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=201910530
- United States Postal Service: https://www.usps.com/manage/
Stay tuned for 12 Days of Holiday Fraud – Day 5.
Check out Day 1: Secret Sister Gift Exchange.
Check out Day 2: Requests for Charitable Gifts.
Check out Day 3: Secret Santa Shopper.
Check out Day 4: Fake Holiday Marketplaces.
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