BBB Warns Businesses About Fake Package Delivery Emails

imagesIf you get packages delivered to your business regularly, then this could be an easy scam to fall victim to.  Scammers are sending emails posing as the United States Postal Services alerting you about an undelivered package.  The email advises you that because they have been unable to deliver your package you should download the attached confirmation form and take it to your local post office to claim your parcel.

But watch out!  When you click to download the form, nothing is there except a nasty virus that will phish for your banking and financial information stored on your computer.

As a reminder, here are some tips to avoid getting scammed.

*  Don’t Assume.  Scammers are great at making their emails look legitimate, but don’t fail into their trap.  Never click on a link in an email unless you are absolutely sure you know who has sent it.

*  Professionalism.  Check the email for improper grammar and spelling errors.  Many of these scams originate in foreign countries so mistakes are common.

*  Take Your Time.  Many scammers make you feel as though you have to act quickly.  Don’t feel pressured.  Take time to do your research to make sure the email me legitimate.  Pick up the phone and call the post office before responding to an email.

The U.S. Post Office isn’t the only entity being affected.  The Canadian post office is as well.  And I’ve previously written about a similar IRS email scam.

As they say, it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

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