A new scam is texting around the country trying to trick people into entering their credit card information by claiming they have a package to claim – take advantagewhich has occurred this year due to .
Over the past week, people across the United States have received text messages with similar wording: “[Name], we came across a package from [a recent month] waiting for you. Claim the ownership and confirm delivery here, “along with a link.
This is a scam, and you should avoid opening the link, a Northern Indiana Better Business Bureau spokesman told WANE News Station. We have contacted BBB for more information and will be updated when we hear back.
When you click on the link, a page tells you that the alleged package is free, but you will still be asked to provide your credit card information.
The best thing you can do to avoid falling victim to this scam is to delete the message as soon as you receive it. If you have already clicked on the link and / or entered your credit card information, you should run an antivirus program on your phone and look for suspicious credit card charges, said BBB spokesman WANE. You can also report the message to the BBB Scam Tracker.
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