If you’re waiting for a package to come in the mail these days, you know it can take a long time for your order to arrive. Delays in the shipping industry have snarled supply lines and left customers frustrated with the glacial pace of shipping.
Some scammers have taken this opportunity to defraud people by making them think they’ve got packages pending approval from the USPS. If you get a text message from the USPS that claims to need your verification in order to complete your order delivery, you might be seeing a phishing attempt.
Read on for more information regarding this insidious scam and what you can do to protect yourself from criminals.
These tricky phishing scams usually come in the form of text messages sent to unsuspecting cell phone users. The scammers choose the numbers at random. Your rate of using the USPS to deliver packages is unrelated to whether you’ll be selected by these criminals.
As with any suspicious message, make sure you’re critical of any messages you receive purporting to be from an entity like the Postal Service. These text messages usually indicate that something is wrong with a package you’re shipping or having shipped to you. They’ll indicate that you need to update your information on the USPS website and pay an unpaid fee, something like $2 or $3.
However, when you follow these links, you’ll see a convincing fake version of the USPS website.
If you put your personal information into the fields on a fake site like this, you’ll just be handing your passwords and financial information to scammers. Once they have this info, it’s easy for them to start making fraudulent purchases on your credit card, or similar damaging scams.
When you get a fishy text message from someone and it includes a link, you need to be cautious. Most random numbers sending you links to websites that have long URLs just want to steal from you. Double-check the address bar whenever you visit a website. If it’s spelled strangely or is overly long, then it’s a fake.
For instance, if you get a text message that includes a link to “usp.com” instead of “usps.com,” you can rest assured you’re looking at a scam. You can safely delete these text messages. Your packages are still on the way, and if you need to do anything to address them, you’ll get a message from a verifiable, authentic USPS account.