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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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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txt msg from usps delivery 3D52R2 347-224-0628

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.

I was receiving the delivery texts and here is a new one just received today...
Hi Deborah, C/V/S L0YALTY GlFT: Heres $lOO To Thank You For AIways Choosing Us. ; ea1p.info/Spi9EvjiKY

Just know that official notifications from UPS,Fed-ex and Amazon come from a three digit dash two digit number such as 111-11. I would delete everything else.

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