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Scam Alert: Learn about the newest "package" text scam

It seems there is always a new way scammers are trying to get our personal information. From phone calls to emails and now texts, phishing scams are becoming harder to spot.

One of the newest tactics scammers are using is a text message that says there’s a package waiting for you which then asks you to click on a link to learn more. It seems innocent enough, but it’s not!

In some cases, scammers are targeting college students. In that version, scammers text returning students to say there’s a package waiting for them – sometimes claiming it’s been waiting since last spring, when many students had to rush home from campus.

If you get an unexpected text message about a package, don’t click any links. Once you click the link sent from the scammers, they trick you into giving personal information: passwords, account numbers, or social security numbers. Clicking these links could also let scammers download malware onto your phone.

If you think the message could be legit, contact the company using a website or phone number you know is real. Don’t use the information in the text message.

If you get a phishing text, forward it to SPAM (7726) and then report it to the FTC at

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