Package delivery scam — delivered to your inbox

Expecting packages shipped to your home this holiday season? You’re not the only one… scammers are, too.

We’ve learned of a phony “delivery failure notification” email making the rounds. It looks like it’s from the U.S. Postal Service — but it’s not. The email says you missed a delivery. But, it says, if you print the attached form and take it to your local post office, you can pick up your package and avoid penalties. The message might also include a link for more details.

Here’s the truth: the email is bogus and there is no package. And if you download the attachment or click on a link, you’re likely to end up with a virus or malware on your device.

 

Con artists often use the names and logos of familiar organizations to get under your guard. So how do you tell what’s legit and what’s a scam? Here are some ways to spot a bogus email:

  • It tells you to click on a link or download an attachment
  • It urges you to take immediate action
  • It asks you to “re-confirm” personal or financial information

Another sure sign an email is a scam? If you hover over the link in the email, it won’t show the official website of the supposed sender — in this case, the U.S. Postal Service website.

For more tips, check out our articles on phishing and malware. And if you have questions about a delivery by the U.S. Postal Service, visit usps.com or call 1-800-ASK-USPS.

Comments

I received an email from FedEx last night and I questioned its legitimacy. I was not expecting a package.

Iam protected with I got so far.

Thank you and happy holidays!!!

I just got a pop up saying I might have a virus and to call them Java at 1-877-546-7588 Was this legitimate?

Probably not legit. Do not call them. Java does not have anything to do with virus protection.

JAVA will always notify you while you are online doing something, of any updates or of any compromises. If you use JAVA constantly, as I do, you will find that udates are usually downloaded and you make the decision as to if you want the update. You can also find information regarding any updates, etc., at JAVA's website. Hope thiss helps. Happy and safe holidays to all.

this has been going on for awhile now ....... simply diff topics

I have received such emails and just deleted them because it is so obvious a scam.

I have received those emails and always ignor and delete them because it was an obvious scam

Messages are also coming from "FedEx First Overnight" with a subject "Delivery Problem ID" and gives a specific string of numbers. Don't open; has to be scam.

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