Consumers warned of ‘missed delivery’ scams

Published 7:15 am Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Attorney General Lynn Fitch is warning Mississippians to be aware of unsolicited “missed delivery” notification scams as they increase this holiday season. 

“Sadly, the holiday season is a prime-time opportunity for scammers,” said Fitch. “Knowing consumers are eagerly anticipating the arrival of packages before the holiday, bad actors send unsolicited texts and emails urging you to click on a link to locate a missed or delayed delivery. Beware: this is likely a scam and you should not click on these links or provide any personal or financial information. One bad click could lead to malware, fraud and identity theft. Familiarize yourself with these common tactics to avoid these scams.”

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Delivery scams start with a text message or an email about delivering a package to your address. These messages often include a “tracking link” that you are urged to click in order to update your delivery or payment preferences. You might also get a voicemail message with a call-back number, or a “missed delivery” tag on your door with a number to call.

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If you receive suspicious emails or texts, do not click on the link. Go to the delivery carrier’s website directly or use the retailer’s tracking tools to verify the sender’s identity and avoid these scams.