That notice about a package you didn’t order? It’s a scam | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

That notice about a package you didn’t order? It’s a scam

Pat and Chris recently reported the following problem: they received an email informing them their delivery package had been delayed. It included a request to log on and confirm receipt of the notice. But neither could remember what they had ordered so they deleted the email. Smart!

Their computer and emails could have been jeopardized by logging on to this notice. They contacted our office for advice on how to handle such notices. Here is what we advise should a similar occurrence happen to you.

Fake shipping and package delivery notices have been going out by email to consumers for quite a while. Officials are concerned more consumers will fall for the scam as they do more and more shopping on line. Examples of these emails are fake notices, which may be shipping notices, package delivery notices or “order status” emails. Also look out for emails or texts that warn you about a problem with a delivery, that ask for account information for security purposes or ask you to open an attached “shipment label” in order to claim a package from a local office.

The subject lines of the emails typically contain phrases such as “Delivery problem,” “order acceptance” or “express shipment notification.”