Shopping season is upon us once again! For sure, with the influx of seasonal promotions, online receipts, shipping data and tracking information, your email inbox will probably be inundated with messages from both online and brick-and-mortar stores alike.
These shopping emails can get overwhelming and of course, the ever-opportunistic scammers will try and slip a quick email scam on unsuspecting shoppers. In fact, email phishing scams remain the most widespread method for stealing customer information.
There’s one particular phishing scam that’s making the rounds again and watch out! It can easily fool you if you’re not paying attention.
Delivery phishing scam
This tricky scheme involves fraudsters sending fake delivery notification emails that appear to be from shipping services like USPS, UPS, or FedEx.
These fake emails typically contain subject lines similar to these:
- We could not deliver your parcel
- Please Confirm Your Shipment
- Problems with item delivery
- Delivery Receipt | Confirm
- Your order is ready to be delivered
- Courier was unable to deliver the parcel
- Your package is here please download attachment to view detail and confirmation of your address
The emails can look so convincing since they use an address similar to the company’s name and even company logos to fool you. The goal for the scammers, of course, is to get you to click a link within the email.