Scam Defrauds People Using Clever Package Notification

It seems that every year another scam is developed to defraud the unsuspecting victim.  Scammers ever become cleverer in their scheming, making their intended targets feel safe by utilizing legitimate looking and sounding items.  In the age of technology, scams are becoming more elaborate and far trickier to identify as such. Recently, scammers have begun to prey upon cellphone users and those who frequently purchase items online.

Beware of any text message that provides shipping and/or delivery confirmation information if you did not order anything recently.  Furthermore, be vigilant to monitor what you actually ordered and do not be fooled by a text that looks convincing but does not feature something you purchased.

While the scam has circulated before, it has come back more widespread than ever.  It appears the scam is targeting a much larger base of victims than ever before.

You may be wondering what to do if you’re one of the recipients of such a message.  Due to the nature of this scam, don’t even mess with the fire. You can avoid getting burned by foregoing the temptation to clink on the link; better yet don’t even open the message!  Instead, immediately block the number on your phone and delete the offending message.

You may be wondering how this scam is constructed well enough to fool someone.  It is a link that appears authentic, that once clicked takes you directly to an Amazon listing that is not legitimate.  At this point, you will be asked to fill out a customer satisfaction survey for the supposed item in exchange for a free product.  It is then that the scammers can lure in their victims with the false sense of legitimacy and security. Thus, when they ask for your credit card number for the “free item” (just to cover shipping) they now have your financial information.

If this is not frightening enough, the scam does not end here.  You are already paying a fee to a scammer that now has your credit card numbers, and you also unknowingly signed up for a 14-day trial that you overlooked in the small print.  The scam is extremely clever sneaking in these terms when you clicked agree to the initial shipping fee. The worst part yet is that you will be on a reoccurring order once the trial is complete.  This reoccurring purchase will be automatically billed to your credit card each month in the amount of $98.95. Your only reward, a brand-new shipment of the “free” item that was offered as a reward for completing the survey.