Scam alert: fake package tracking text messages could cost you


Email scams have been popping up for a few years now but now, a warning about text message fraud is being shared.

Many people subscribe to text alerts about whether their package has been shipped or delivered. Now, hackers are using a similar style of text messages to send fake texts that appear to be tracking a delivery. This scam can potentially trap the user into paying hundreds of dollars.

Those that receive text messages that appear odd should not click on the link and immediately delete the message. If the link is clicked on, How-to-Geek explains that the link will redirect the person to a false Amazon listing to claim a reward. The "reward" requires shipping and handling charges for the "free item", however, in the details of the small print, a reoccurring fee of $98.95 will be billed every month on the credit card used as the initial payment for shipping.

Never click on unknown links in text messages!

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