12 scams of Christmas: Watch for fake shipping notifications

Scammers pose as delivery company
Posted at 7:00 PM, Dec 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-19 19:01:40-05

If you're ordering anything online this holiday season, this scam's for you.

Fake shipping notifications makes the Better Business Bureau’s “12 Scams of Christmas” list.

Thieves try to trick you into giving up personal information and passwords by pretending they're a retailer or delivery company.

Delivery services do not need personal information to deliver your items. And you are not required to pay money to receive your package that payment was made when you make your purchase.

Scammers will also get you by sending a "delivery failure notification" email and ask that you click a link or download a form to reschedule or retrieve your package. Really, they're trying to get you to download a virus or malware.

If you fall victim to any scams this holiday, you’re encouraged to submit any complaints to the BBB or FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3).