Bait and Switch

Bait and Switch

You just received a notification e-mail from a shipper that a courier attempted delivery of a package to you but was unable to complete the process. The message provides a helpful link for you to click on and learn more about the package. Do you click on it?

Chances are, the e-mail you received is a scam. If you’re not expecting a package or didn’t send one out recently, ignore the message. DO NOT click on the link. Scammers are attempting to send you to an alternative website that can place a virus or Trojan onto your computer, fool you into giving up personal information, or use your curiosity for other nefarious purposes. If you click on the link, you’re opening yourself up to big trouble.

If you must find out if the e-mail is genuine, open a fresh page in your web browser, manually type in the website of the shipper, and look for a way to contact the company to inquire about the message.

Here’s a sample message a scammer might send you:


Your package has arrived on August 16th, but the messenger was unable to deliver the package to you. For more detailed information, please, Print and Read the Shipping Label.”

This particular e-mail has an authentic-looking logo from a popular shipper and could easily give someone the impression that a package is waiting for them at the office. Don’t fall for it. NEVER click on a link from any company or individual unless you’re expecting it. Even then, be sure of what you’re clicking on before you place your pointer over the link.

Only you can cut a scammer off from their ill-gotten gains.

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