Seniors: Don’t Fall for the Package Scam!

Unfortunately, seniors are a favorite target for scams. Scams are becoming even more prevalent and have commonly referred to as the “crime of the 21st century.” Seniors are targeted because thieves assume that they have more money in their accounts. The elderly are sometimes more trusting and may not understand technology as well, either. Unsavory individuals may try to take advantage of seniors because of these weaknesses. A new scam is on the rise in the Jacksonville, FL area. Legacy Planning Law Group encourages seniors to be wary of this new trick, so thieves do not fool you or your loved ones. The New Package Scam Online shopping is increasing dramatically. In fact, nearly eight in ten Americans now shop online, and seniors are among those who want the convenience of ordering online. A package scam that is hitting the Jacksonville area involves an email notice that a package has been delayed or requires additional information to process. The scammers ask users to log in and confirm receipt of the delay notice or provide bank account information to finalize delivery. The scammers then track and use your login data to gain access to your accounts and bank account information. Package scams have always been present, but with the increase in online ordering, scams like these are now more likely to trick people today than in the past. Be Aware! Signs of a Package Scam The notice is delivered by email. While scammers are tricky and often use the same color schemes and layout as popular shipping companies, some signs may indicate a scam.

  • Subject lines usually use phrasing such as “Order Acceptance,” “Delivery Problem,” or “Express Shipment Notification.”
  • The grammar and spelling are poor, and the message is sloppy (but not always!).
  • The sender’s email address does not match the company’s URL.
  • The email does not have specific information about the shipment or the contents of the package.
  • The email asks you to provide banking account information or account information.
  • The correspondence may also threaten to return the package or charge you extra if you do not respond to the email.

The email’s language is designed to make you act quickly without thoroughly considering the consequences. However, you should not click any links or provide any information in response to the email. In most circumstances, the best way to respond is to delete the email. You can also call the shipping company or the sender to confirm that the email is valid before you take any other action. When you order online, be sure keep a copy of what you ordered and keep track of your shipping information. Look back at the confirmation email that you received when you first ordered—do the details match? When you order online frequently, it is easy to forget what you requested from time to time. Remaining aware and being wary can go a long way to avoid scams. Getting Legal Help After a Scam If you or a family member has been the victim of a scam, you may have legal options. Legacy Planning Law Group may be able to help. You can also call the Florida Seniors vs. Crime office at 1-800-203-3099.

Written by Legacy Planning Law Group

Legacy Planning Law Group is dedicated to working with individuals and families to help protect the assets they have built throughout their life, and make everything simpler for families who have lost a loved one. We help thoughtful people achieve the peace of mind that comes with planning their personal legacy and passing on family harmony.

Written by Legacy Planning Law Group

Legacy Planning Law Group is dedicated to working with individuals and families to help protect the assets they have built throughout their life, and make everything simpler for families who have lost a loved one. We help thoughtful people achieve the peace of mind that comes with planning their personal legacy and passing on family harmony.