Shipping Scams On The Rise As Christmas Closes In

Posted at 6:13 AM, Dec 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-09 08:37:23-05

This time of the year, many of us are expecting packages from holiday shopping. So, if you wake up to an email about shipping information, you may not think twice about clicking the link.

Unfortunately, this is a common method for scammers to get your personal information and passwords.

Many times, the logo on a phishing email is real, but the email is fake. Once you click the link, it opens a gateway for scammers to get your personal information.

According to Angie Barnett, President & CEO of the BBB in Maryland, "The link will take you to a fake website requesting personal identifying information or the link can release malware into your phone or computer."

Experts say that one of the easiest ways to avoid the temptation of clicking the link, is to keep a folder in your inbox just for order and tracking information.

Other ways to recognize a fake email are poor grammar and spelling errors.

If you suspect that you have received a fake email, you can forward it directly to USPS, Amazon, or UPS at the source to investigate.