FBI: How to protect packages from shipping scams

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Don't let the Grinch steal Christmas: protect holiday packages with these tips!

A FedEx driver carries a package away from a van, Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — ‘Tis the season to surprise loved ones with something special. However, ensuring those holiday gifts make it under the tree may present the greatest challenge this year.

With the increased popularity of online shopping, the Oregon FBI claims grinches are developing new shipping scam techniques to steal presents this holiday season.

In a press release, the FBI outlined major warning signs of potential shipping scams and what the public can do to protect their purchases.

What to watch out for

Receiving an unsolicited email or text, requesting action on an upcoming delivery.

The FBI warns these scams are often disguised as messages from popular package carriers, such as UPS and FedEx, which may suggest an “issue delivering the package,” or ask the individual to “check on the status of a delivery.”

How they get you

According to the FBI, these types of scams generally include fake invoice attachments which are likely loaded with malware that can infect devices in just one click.

Messages may prompt the user to click on a link to view an “updated delivery date.” The FBI said these links often lead the person to a false website that requests the user’s account log-in information, only to steal it and give the scammers full access to the user’s account.

How to avoid

  • Check emails and text messages for misspellings to ensure the account is real.
  • Avoid clicking on links or attachments from generic email providers, like Gmail or Yahoo.
  • Do not click on any links for shipping updates. Instead, close out of the message and log-on directly to the official company website to view or change shipping details.
  • Carefully monitor all orders, keeping track of which companies are sending what packages and when.
  • Avoid package theft by opting to pick-up items from a secure location, like a store or PO box, instead of having them shipped to a residence. Amazon, Target, and other retailers offer in-store shipping retrieval.
  • Update and maintain anti-malware software, to block and re-direct fake messages and potential scams.

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