Phishers Use UPS, FedEx as Bait to Hook Consumers

Consumers have reported receiving emails claiming to be from UPS and FedEx, warning them that a package went undelivered and asking for information, WalletPop reports.

“While the rest of us are pulling the decorations out of the attic, scammers are blowing the dust off of their tried and true holiday scams,” said Edward Johnson, BBB President and CEO, in a statement. “We can all help make these holiday scams a ghost of Christmas’ past by not falling for them anymore.”

Commonly, the email will include a link for recipients to click that will redirect them to another website that might look legitimate but will download malware or request personal information.

“Some legitimate UPS communications may come in the form of an email with an ‘e-package’ link contained within the email,” UPS said in a statement. “These messages are designed to increase the protection around sensitive information, and the associated link will always start with https://epackage1.ups.com.”

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