Beware of Fake Shippers

posted Dec 8, 2016, 5:25 AM by Ryan Quinn
Online shopping is expected to be a major factor in holiday spending this year, and with all of that e-commerce comes pile upon pile of packages and a flurry of purchase and delivery confirmation emails.  

In between those legitimate messages, however, scammers may slip fraudulent emails that use fake shipping or delivery alerts as their bait. 

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection warns consumers to be on the lookout for these phony shipping emails and to avoid clicking links or opening attachments in these messages. 

Look out for emails or texts that warn you about a problem with a delivery, that ask for account information for security purposes, or that ask you to open an attached “shipment label” in order to claim a package from a local office.  

Scammers often use the names, logos and color schemes of major shipping companies and retailers to add legitimacy to their messages.