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Watch Out for This New Text Message Package Delivery Scam



Lowell Spam Text on iPhone
Justin Duino

We’ve been educated to count on and look out for spam emails. However now, scammers are sending realistic-looking textual content messages (just like the one above) posing as transport and package deal supply firms equivalent to FedEx.

Replace, 12/2/21: Since we initially revealed this piece, a brand new package deal supply textual content message rip-off has been making the rounds. The primary distinction between the newest SMS phishing try and the one seen above is the addition of the recipient’s first title. The scammer doubtless believes that including private data would possibly make the message seem extra official, rising the chances that the hyperlink is opened.

By taking a step again and analyzing the textual content message, it’s straightforward to spot that this is a scam. First, the telephone quantity seems to be from somebody’s private quantity. Second, the sender by no means identifies themselves or the courier. Third, the hyperlink’s URL appears to be like suspicious and unofficial. And, lastly, the textual content message’s grammar doesn’t learn as if it’s from a professional supply.

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As we’ve detailed beneath, it’s by no means protected to faucet or click on on hyperlinks that come from senders that you simply aren’t accustomed to. If a message ever appears to be like fishy, you’re higher off reporting and blocking the quantity and deleting the message.

Text message package scam with recipient name

This isn’t the primary time that spammers have used SMS to ship out pretend messages, however more people look like receiving this particular package deal supply rip-off message. Because the recipient of 1 such assault, we determined to open the hyperlink and see what precisely is being shared. We DO NOT suggest you open the message or click on on any hyperlinks. As an alternative, you need to instantly block the sender and delete the message.

After you click on on the hyperlink, you’re taken to an obviously-fake Amazon itemizing and requested to take a buyer satisfaction survey. As a thanks for answering some questions, you’re given the chance to say an “costly” product without cost as a reward.

Fake Spam FedEx Link Survey and Claim Reward

Now it’s time to inform the spammer the place you reside and supply them with a bank card quantity. As you may see, the “reward” is free however you continue to must pay a small transport and dealing with price.

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The actual rip-off resides within the superb print. By agreeing to pay the small transport price, you’re additionally signing up for a 14-day trial to the corporate that sells the scammy merchandise. After the trial interval, you can be billed $98.95 each month and despatched a brand new provide of no matter merchandise you claimed as a reward.

Fake Spam FedEx Link Billing and Fine Print

Once more, you need to by no means click on on a hyperlink that you simply suppose is coming from a spammer. And if you happen to do by chance open the hyperlink, you need to positively by no means enter your bank card quantity or present the location with private data.

Check out the beneath tweet if you happen to suppose you’re good at figuring out pretend and actual transport messages. One of many screenshots is the same message to the one we acquired and the opposite is a professional transport notification.

If you happen to’ve grow to be the goal of a lot of these spam messages, we suggest blocking the number instantly. iPhone and Android customers each have entry to built-in spam-blocking instruments that ought to assist lower down on the variety of pretend messages.

Be protected on the market!

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