Hi guys,

Have you received unsolicited text messages with unfamiliar web links claiming you need to respond for a package delivery? If you didn’t sign up for tracking, don’t click the link! This is a scam called smishing.

Smishing involves sending deceptive text messages to lure recipients into providing personal or financial information. Scammers often disguise themselves as legitimate organizations, such as postal services, to gain your trust. Their goal is to steal your data, including usernames, passwords, Social Security numbers, and credit card details, for financial fraud.

Common Smishing Scams:

  • “Your package delivery has failed. Click here to reschedule.”
  • “You have a package pending. Please pay the customs fees.”
  • “Your parcel is on hold due to incorrect address. Update now.”
  • “Confirm your delivery by clicking this link.”
  • “Track your package: [link]”

How to Protect Yourself:

  • Don’t click on unfamiliar links.
  • Verify messages through the official postal service website.
  • Be cautious of any message that requests personal information.
  • Always check the sender’s email or phone number for legitimacy.

Reporting Smishing:

  1. Forward the message to me personally through the app.
  2. Copy the text into a new email without clicking the link.
  3. Include your name, a screenshot showing the sender’s number, and the date.
  4. Detail any actions taken, such as clicking the link or providing information.

Additional Tips:

  • Be aware that scammers often use scare tactics to create a sense of urgency.
  • Do not respond to messages asking for personal or financial information.
  • Regularly update your phone’s security settings to protect against such threats.
  • Inform your friends and family about these types of scams to help them stay vigilant.

If you ever need advice or feel unsure, always stop, take a breath, and contact me for guidance. It’s better to ask and be safe than to rush and regret.

Stay safe and vigilant!

All the best,