Protect Yourself During the Holidays from Fake Delivery Scams
The holiday season is a time of joy, but scammers are using this opportunity to trick holiday shoppers into giving out personal details, including your name, address, and possibly credit card information. During the holiday season, online purchases and package deliveries have increased.
In a recent alert from the Better Business Bureau (BBB), the mechanics of this package delivery scam are unveiled. Scammers are using emotional manipulation to catch people off guard during the holidays. The scam starts by receiving a text message or a phone call informing you that there is a package that is going to be delivered and they need your personal information. Once any personal information is given to these scammers, you are now putting yourself at risk of identity theft.
To avoid falling victim to these scams, it is crucial to be aware of the warning signs. Unexpected delivery notifications, unfamiliar tracking codes, and requests for personal information should all raise red flags. The tactics employed by scammers are diverse, ranging from phishing emails to fake delivery notifications. Some go as far as impersonating well-known delivery companies like FedEx, as an example. Clicking on suspicious links or providing any personal information in response to these email notifications can lead to serious consequences.
To help keep yourself safe, take some practical steps like verifying tracking codes directly on the official website of the delivery company. If you have any doubts about a delivery, contact the company directly using their official contact information. Report any scams you encounter to the BBB, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), or other relevant authorities. By doing so, you not only protect yourself, but also contribute to the collective effort to prevent others from falling victim to similar scams. By staying protected, you can avoid these types of scams and enjoy a secure and joyful holiday season.
If you are interested in learning more about protecting yourself against holiday-related scams, speak with a Community Resource Specialist: (408) 350-3200, option 1.