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Is that text message about your FedEx package really a scam?

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You may be skeptical when someone you don’t know sends you a text message you didn’t expect and it tells you to click on a link. Maybe that little voice in your head starts talking to you. I know mine does. It says, “Hmm, this could be a scam. Maybe someone wants to steal my personal information. Or get me to pay for something.”

I guess that's why scammers come up with new stories all the time, like a package tracking scam we're hearing about. Here's how it works.

Scammers send a text message with a fake shipment tracking code and a link to update your delivery preferences. In this case, the message says it’s from FedEx.

But they might use the name of another well-known shipping company, or the good old U.S. Postal Service.

Cue that skeptical little voice in your head. Here’s what it might be thinking:

  • “Was I expecting a package delivery?”
  • “Did I send a package to someone?”
  • “Did I ask for text notifications?”

Tip: If you get an unexpected text message, don’t click on any links. If you think it could be legit, contact the company using a website or phone number you know is real. Don’t use the information in the text message.

In this version of the scam the link takes you to a fake Amazon website. There, you're invited to take a customer satisfaction survey. And you might just win a free prize. But to get it, you have to give them your credit card number to pay for shipping.

Hopefully that wise little voice in your head is thinking:

  • “I shouldn't have clicked that link!”
  • “Why would a link to my package delivery preferences take me to an unrelated website?”
  • “You said the prize was free, but now I need to pay. What else am I agreeing to pay for?”
  • “I really shouldn’t have clicked on that link!”

Tip: Some companies offer so-called “free trials” that come with hidden costs. Here’s what you should consider before you sign up for a free trial offer.

Scammers may be turning to text messages as a new tactic. But there’s a lot you can do right now to protect yourself. Read How to Recognize and Report Spam Text Messages to learn what to do about spam text messages and how to report them.

Scam Tags:  Phishing Scams

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I also received the one regarding my Netflix acct being blocked due to no payment. Just got TWO of these saying they are from FED EX:

From: +1 (317) 796-8522 @ 7:50 AM
Hi James, FedEx will be delivering your order tomorrow! To confirm delivery address, please enter your information here now >> fc10u.com/LTWGQ6iv8c

From: +1 (929)289-5069 @ 7:37 AM
Hi James, FedEx will be delivering your order tomorrow! To confirm delivery address, please enter your information here now >> fc10u.com/LTHAjAiv8c

DON’T FALL FOR IT!

I gave them my email address and some passwords..then I deleted face book and passwords! I did not give my pin number.did I mess up?

Sadly i got caught on a text scam i was expecting parcels from Amazon and text said i need to pay 1-99 euro so stupidly i gave my back details but when payment was not confirmed bells start to ring now im an 68 year old but im good at spoting scams but this one looked so real anyway i realised it was a scam and rang my bank straight away and cancelled my caed my card and Thank God they got nothing so if you are the least bit unsure dont give any details to anyone never click on a text or email Derek

I have lost count of how many times i get text messages from area code 405 with a prefix of 779. Sometimes the prefix will change but for the most part the messages from area code 405 have prefix 779 following it. The messages range from debt consolidation relief to package deliver notifications to class act lawsuit eligibility inquiries. All kinds of subjects! I even tried calling a few of these numbers and more often than not a recording comes on after approximately 5 rings that says "the subscriber you have reached has not set up their voicemail yet."
405 is Oklahoma's area code, or at least one of them. I'm at a loss.
YES, THEY ALL HAVE LINKS!
NO I'M NOT CLICKING ON THEM.

we recieved a message and we were expecting a parcel .i realised it was a scam but couldnt get it off my phone .after hours of trying i finally did it but incured €18.80 in expenses extra in my sms they called 91 diffetent numbers and each cost 21 cents .imagine if i couldnt get it off my phone

Sorry, i received message for pick up a parcel, but i can't clicked it. So what can I do

Has anyone been scammed by FEDEX grant program
Dealing with that. Send money then ask for more and more

Yep... I just received a text from "FedEx" saying my order from May 23rd has shipped, which immediately sent up red flags. Glad I found this article to confirm I'm not paranoid :-)

Thanks.

I just received a text message from FedEx about a re delivery , asking me to pay £1.75 even though I have not ordered anything , I’m thinking scam and having to pay for re delivery means they have my card details , hopefully people don’t fall for this . . . .

I’m being in contact with someone from UK & now they told me that they’ve dispatch some palliatives to my community now I got email of dispatch details/consignment & for clearance they’re asking me to pay custom duty, please guide!

July 2021. scam still going on!

I received one of these supposedly from FedEx. I started to respond as I am expecting a delivery. I wondered why they would need my name and address if they had already tried to deliver......I made up a date of birth as it seemed irrelevant. The penny finally dropped when they asked for a redelivery fee. Deleted everything. Strange people out there.

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