Shipping scam ramps up as holiday shopping season nears

It's going to be another big holiday season for ordering online. If you're waiting for a package, scammers are waiting for you.


Here's how to protect yourself from a scam that is showing up in a lot of people's emails.

As we were all stuck at home and ordering lots of stuff online during the COVID-19 pandemic, scammers found new opportunities to rip us off.

One of them was the shipping scam, and it's ramping up again as we head into the holiday shopping season.

Here's one example of a shipping scam a viewer received: It's an email confirming the order of a new laptop computer on Amazon, with a total cost of nearly $1,400. That's an amount that will get your attention.

Another attention-grabbing detail is that the laptop is being shipped to an address in Anchorage, Alaska.

If you didn't order this, you are immediately going to notice the number for the fraud protection department at the bottom and call the number.

Once you do that, the scammer on the other end will claim they are going to help you. Instead, they will end up stealing your credit card information or talking their way into your bank account.

There are some things to watch for with this scam:

  • If you don't have an Amazon account, you know this is a scam.
  • If you do have an account, take notice that this email is addressed to "Dear customer." It's not addressed to you by your full name.
  • It's easy to check on orders in your name by going to your account on the Amazon website.

Scams like this are only going to continue to grow as the shopping and shipping season gets underway.