October 1 2020

FTC Reports ‘You Have a Package Waiting’ Phishing Scam


Scammers are using the uptick in people purchasing items online to steal people’s personal information. 


According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), people have reported receiving text messages alerting them they have a package waiting for them with a link to learn more about it. 



“The messages are coming from scammers,” the FTC said in a warning. “In some cases, they’re targeted at college students. In that version, scammers text returning students to say there’s a package waiting for them — sometimes claiming it’s been waiting since last spring, when many students had to go home from campus quickly.”

Whatever the message is, this rule stays the same: If you get an unexpected text message about a package, don’t click on any links, the warning states. If you think the message could be legit, contact the company using a website or phone number you know is real. But don’t use the information in the text message.

“Why do you want to avoid clicking the link?” the FTC asks. “Once you click, they can trick you into giving personal information — letting scammers steal your passwords, account numbers, or Social Security numbers. Clicking these links could also let scammers download malware onto your device.”

Check out this article on phishing scams to learn more about how these schemes work. 

Did you get a phishing text? Forward it to SPAM (7726), and then report it to the FTC at ftc.gov/complaint.


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