The newest email and text scam is the one that says “check your order”, “your order status”, “your order cannot be shipped” or something similar, from businesses you are likely to shop, including Walmart, Costco, Amazon, Target and Walgreens, and also from FedEx and NetFlix.
I’ve gotten fraudulent emails and texts recently from those scam senders in recent weeks, and maybe you have, too.
The scammers have figured out that we’re all doing more shopping online this year than last year, and busy trying to scam us.
Some scam emails 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 the domain signaturepoolsuk. No kidding.
A scam text I received recently told me my Amazon account has been locked, and to log into a specific website to unlock it. Of course, I have received Amazon deliveries since getting the scam fraud text.
Another holiday email fraud is the “official” letter from Santa.
Of course, Santa works for relocationluxuryreferralservices.com – just one of the “official” letter from Santa offers I’ve received recently.
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.
Do not 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
Be a smart ecoXplorer this holiday season, and year-round.
Avoid frauds and scams and save the green in your wallet.