Text message package scam delivers more than your business bargained for

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There’s a text message scam making the rounds that could target your mail room staff, receptionist, or other employees. The FTC has tips on how you can protect your business.

FTC text message scam warningOur Consumer Blog describes a text message people are receiving that claims to be a FedEx tracking notice. In variations on the scheme, fraudsters also are falsely invoking the names of UPS and the U.S. Postal Service. According to the text, there’s a “delivery” that needs to be scheduled by clicking on a link. From there, people are taken to an “Amazon” page, which invites them to complete a customer satisfaction survey. Then they’re told they’ve won a free prize. Just input a credit number to cover shipping and handling.

But as the blog post explains:

The text isn’t from a delivery service.
There is no package.
That isn’t a real Amazon page.
That’s not a customer survey.
And there’s no free prize.

It’s another scam designed to get people to turn over their account information – or your company credit card number. The Consumer Blog also introduces a new article, How to Recognize and Report Spam Text Messages, to share with your staff.

By the way, in addition to subscribing to FTC Business Blog Alerts, you can sign up for FTC Consumer Alerts to stay in the know about what you, your family, and friends can do to protect yourselves from the latest scams.

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What should I do if I have received these kind of messages?

The scam is still circulating. In the last couple of weeks I’ve received texts that name UPS, amazon and DM transport with a link stating that they’re attempting to make a delivery and I wasn’t home. The texts / phone numbers have all come from a 657 area code.

I am getting these texts everyday. Of course I’m home because we can’t go anywhere due to the virus. I wish I knew how to make them stop but when I block them they just use a different number

I'm also getting these daily from all different phone numbers. I block them and they keep coming. I bought a spam blocker and it can't stop them either because they keep changing the number they are coming from.

Wierd I'm Elizabeth Miller as well have been getting texts.... Voicemail: Parcel Sorting Center: Found package addressed to Elizabeth. Last pick-up day - Friday! n4scn.ifo/Ig8rMBe DW

Voicemail: Parcel Sorting Center: Found package addressed to Renae. Last pick-up day - Friday! p2smv.info/62G3DQ8wSk

I keep getting these saying similar things. I deleted them and do not follow the link...

This one is from 1+(347) 260-4574

Tenika, final notification about your USPS package 4S15S3 from 05/21/2020. Go to: sb2n.info/ayBNIWwIn5

This is the one I got.

Folake, final notice regarding the USPS shipment 8H35K8 from 08/21/2020 Click sq2m.info/9FdQgt1Lpp

This the one I got today

Mahmood, important alert for your USPS package 8S37K8 from 07/10/2020. Go to: ta1x.info/9bmDU1vU9h

I just got a text from (646) 617-4363 that reads:

"Fada, final alert regarding the USPS shipment 6G22K2 from 06/03/2020. Go to" http://sv7m.info/FzMOlu7foq"

Text 925/2020 @ 7:17am grom
(216)293-1001

Voicemail: Parcel Sorting Center: Found package addressed to Bradford. Last pick-up day - Monday! rn1g.info/75EkCepJuh

I've received MANY of these texts in the last few days and it's getting annoying. (657) 203-4202 is the number.
Ugh!

Not today, Satan.

This is the message I received today from (718) 925-1885:

“Jose, final notification regarding the USPS package 2J62H9 from 05/27/2020. Go to: a4nrv.info/YCdfXPpWWb”

From:
+16463288390
Text:
Sonido Imperial, final notification for the USPS shipment 4I5A3 from 05/15/2020. Click: a1mp.info/nbvW9672RD

I got this text today from 347-224-0628

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Hi Janice, I'm Kyle from FedEx. You have an item addressed to you. Can you please collect it by today? mu11f. com/Hpg2R090N6

Rec'd two today from 332-214-8555.
One said FedEx, other said UPS.

This scam is still going strong. I'm not expecting anything so I had a feeling it was a scam. Thankfully the first hit in my Google search was the FTC's page!!! This is what I got from the scammers.

From phone number 347-205-2046

Voicemail: Parcel Sorting Center: Found package addressed to Judi. Last pick-up-day- TODAY! by6x.info/lwrBdF6ooA

Pinellas County, Clearwater, FL That happened to me I received that same message in my e-mail, I new I did not order anything so I just deleted the email. Remember no gives you something for nothing if your did not request it or order it or has to do with your age, credit card, and, social security, and your email DON'T DO IT. I received a If you want to UNSUBSCRIBE put your e-mail here. That's how my e-mail wound up on the BLACK WEB.
You see if your subscribed to anything; they would already have your e-mail.

Ive been overwhelmed with lots of these fake you win but you nerve get the free prize. They're doing walmart gift cards now. I got the point i delete instead of filing anything out.

What's up with this new scam calling say someone stolen your social security number and using it fraudulent and if you don't respond your going jail .
This world is getting sicker by the day.
Its bad enough am deal with fraud for profits and property..by a lender for ten yea= and no relief in sight.

I’m getting these texts multiple times a week. Crazy. Wish so knew how they got my contact #. Just deleting them.

Be sure to block and report as Spam. :)

What happens if you click the link? I clicked the link but then felt uneasy so I did not complete the form and got off the page.

It is September 2020 this is still going on. It has been 3 weeks so far I get messages almost every day.

Just happened to my partner. They used the USPS - if it isn't a .gov website, BEEE SUSPICIOUS!

I just got a text saying " Jesus, your package had an issue while in transport, and you need to verify with this link for USPS". I have never met anyone by that name, so right away knew it was a scam. The number it sent from was (347)224-0519 and is in new York

I've been getting texts from a 332 area code regarding a "found package" at a parcel sorting center. Some say that the package was from July, others don't say that. Although I block the telephone number each time, the telephone number changes every time I get a new text. The area code, however, has been 332. I haven't clicked on the link because I know it has to be a scam, but they are annoying.

Just received another package delivery text, "Voicemail: Parcel sorting Center: Found package addressed to Cathy. Last pick-up-day-Friday!" with a link to click p2 smv .info/62 G3D Q1RYO and it the number is came from was 1-216-816-4161. I blocked this one also, been getting these all week.

For me the area is also 347.

USPS is not a .Gov url. Its USPS.com so be careful. U dont know them don't open.

yep still gettng these text daily.

I received a similar text regarding a package to be picked up by tomorrow at the post office. The number was (216)868-1043. I just deleted it.

Same here and it appears no way to report the spam. The link is broken: https://staging.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/how-recognize-and-report-spam-text-messages

Sorry about that - we're going to fix it now.

I just tried the link and it didn't connect.
This site can’t be reachedstaging.consumer.ftc.gov took too long to respond.
Try:

Checking the connection
Checking the proxy and the firewall
ERR_CONNECTION_TIMED_OUT

Thanks for letting us know. We'll fix that.

I also received a call today with the following message: p9sre.info/m 34TCwing a USPS shipment final notice from 2168164161

I have also been getting the notifications - "Carol, final notification about your USPS shipment 6G5F4 from 5/23/2020. Please respond to: q3smr.info/ocoR5ya7ax" - from 332-214-8841" I continue to delete.

Yup - received a text regarding an Amazon Prime pick up just a few minutes ago.
- I don’t have Amazon Prime *LOL

I keep getting these messages too! I keep blocking the numbers and they still keep sending them. Parcel Shipping Center, now USPS. Numbers have 347 area code.

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I received this text today :

Maria, urgent notification about your USPS package 1L53R8 from 08/20/2020. Click: su6c.info/DG0d5OypRe

My name is not Maria so I ignored it. Wow
+(216) 369-5173 is the number

I got this morning the scam text saying this

Jimmy, final notification about the USPS package 6G17R5 from 07/13/2020. Click: sw8x.info/czBUJDeCdT

The number phone is this

+1 (216) 868-5291

I got this text as well today, from 917-434-8317

Scam going strong get notifications for amazon apple ups fedex it’s never ending even though I block the number every time

I got "small, final notification for your usps package 1A55S8 from 4/11/2020. Go to a4nrv.info/YCdfXP57Qs So, what do we do when we get these? For fake emails from apple, I forward them to their fraud department. I will see if this is possible.

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