Police officers say you should be careful if you receive a suspicious text from a delivery company like UPS or Canada Post.
According to a social media post from the OPP’s East Region headquarters, a new phishing scam is hitting residents in the region, with the goal of stealing their personal information.
“Be cautious if you receive a text message appearing to be from a delivery company such as UPS or Canada Post,” the post reads, “indicating delivery of a package was attempted but not successful and prompting you to click on a link or type a response.”
According to officers, the scammers will prompt victims to submit their credit card details to pay a small service fee for the undelivered package. One victim lost $2,000 to the scam, they say.
“Given the time of year when many people are waiting for packages to be delivered, the OPP has seen an increase in this type of fraud being reported,” the post continues.
If you suspect you’ve been a victim of fraud, police are encouraging you to report it to the OPP or the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.