AUSTIN, Texas (FOX 7 Austin) - Package deliveries have doubled since 2010, thanks to the continued rise in the popularity of online shopping. However, scammers are using the regularity of deliveries as an opportunity to steal your information. Here with more on this growing scam is Carlos Villalobos from your BBB.
HOW CAN ONLINE SHOPPERS RECOGNIZE SHIPPING FRAUD?
It starts when you receive a call from someone claiming to be a mail carrier or delivery service, telling you they were unable to deliver your package. If you tell them you didn't order anything, they may try to convince you it's a gift from a friend or family member. The caller claims they need information from you in order to reschedule the delivery; including financial information.
CAN IT TAKE FORMS OTHER THAN PHONE CALLS?
Other versions involve convincing emails with package-tracking links that download malware onto your computer and can steal your personal information.