Scammers get crafty this time of year. Beware of this particular scam.
Deep into the holiday season and online shopping on the rise, Traveling Computers in Riverton warns us to be on the lookout for scammers! One scam in particular has our ears perked up and frustrated consumers heading to TCi for help.
The Skinny: Be on high alert when reviewing your shipping notifications. Especially for subject lines containing the text (or similar to): ‘USPS Delivery Failure Notification’
Scammers are sending out these fake emails claiming to be from the U.S. Postal Service. They contain fraudulent information about a failed package delivery. Here’s where it gets tricky, all they ask is for you to click on a link for more information regarding how and when to get the package delivered.
Don’t click on this link!
Clicking on this link will most likely infect your computer with a virus which provides thieves access to all your personal information, such as usernames, passwords and sensitive info related to financials. Scary thing is, you wouldn’t even know if this has happened.
We’re told these aren’t just limited to USPS and can be labeled as FedEx and UPS too.
What if you can’t tell what’s legitimate or not?
Go to the website (USPS or other company) directly to get any delivery information. DO NOT click on any links within an email you suspect could be fraudulent.
Other possible variations of this scam:
- Phone caller will ask for a ‘verification fee.’ Do NOT provide a debit or credit card number.
- Phone caller, claiming to be with USPS, asking for birth date and SSN to confirm package delivery. Hang up!
So in the wake of online purchases, be diligent and on the alert for these fake notices and bogus links. As an added precaution, Traveling Computers recommends anti-virus software.
**If you have allowed someone to connect to your computer, have clicked on a link like this, or think your computer may be compromised, please call Traveling Computers at 307-856-8676 as soon as possible!
For more information and habits to keep you safe in the cyber world, talk to the experts at TCi.
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