The newest email scam is the one that says “check your order”, “your order status” or something similar, from businesses you are likely to shop, including Walmart, Costco, Target and Walgreens, and also from FedEx and NetFlix.
I’ve gotten fraudulent emails from those scam senders in recent weeks, and maybe you have, too.
The scam emails may be related to recent security breaches at major businesses such as Marriott, and even Facebook. Or not.
Some come from websites based in Romania, Ukraine and other Eastern European countries. Or not.
I got one scam email about an order I never placed with Walmart from a scammer at US-based swbell.net.
And another advising me to track my FedEx shipment from a domain named signaturepoolsuk. No kidding.
Another holiday email fraud is the “official” letter from Santa.
Again, I’ve gotten these from websites based in both Eastern and Western European countries, and from Asian-based URLs, as well as from with a dot-net or dot-com URL.
So there are hackers, scammers and phishers everywhere in the world.
Don’t be fooled by a holiday scam email.
Here is the buyer beware advice to avoid having your identity stolen or malware placed on your computer from these phishing scams:
Know what email address you use for online orders, so you can recognize when a “check your order” email arrives in the wrong mailbox.
Set up a separate email address for online ordering, so you can recognize when a “check your order” email arrives in the wrong mailbox
Use only email servers that allow you to check the address of the sender, so you can recognize a scam or phishing email before you click on a link
Do not click on a link before you check the sending address, so you can recognize a scam or phishing email
Check the ecoXplorer Frauds and Scams page
for more frauds and scams to avoid
Read about more holiday scams and frauds – including scams and frauds that come in the mail and on the phone – in my article on Living on the Cheap.
Be a smart ecoXplorer this holiday season, and year-round. Avoid frauds and scams and save the green in your wallet.