Live 5 Scambusters: A package waiting for delivery may be a scam

Updated: Sep. 24, 2020 at 5:51 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - If you’re a big online shopper and receive frequent packages at home, scammers could be targeting you.

If you get a lot of packages delivered to your home or office, you get a lot of confirmation emails too. If you get an unexpected second email or text message claiming a problem with your order, you need to be careful. The Federal Trade Commission says could be a form of a phishing scam.

In this scam, the FTC says the messages likely contain a link for you to click to confirm delivery. Do not click the link. They say it could contain malware or it may take you to a phony site to get your personal information.

The FTC also put out a warning about a new twist on these delivery scams. The FTC claims the “waiting package” scam claims you have a delivery from months ago still waiting to be delivered. They say these may target returning college students because the message claims a package has been waiting since the spring when schools shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic.

If you think the message may be legitimate you should contact the company using a website or phone number you know is real, the FTC says. If you think you’ve encountered a scam you can report it at

If you have a scam story to share, email Kyle Jordan at

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