Canada Post Parcel Delivery: How The Scam Works
Since you are staying in the house these days and ordering your necessary items online, beware of the Canada Post Parcel Delivery Scam. It comes as an email saying that your package is not being delivered. It looks very realistic, and it targets all Canadians. As many people around the country expect multiple deliveries, many fall victim to this elaborate scam. It is the third scam that hits Canadiens within a week, after the Food Delivery Scheme and the Fake Emergency Response Check. Let’s take a look.
The message features your email address in the Canada Post look-alike branded format. It states: “Your parcel will not be delivered today due to an exceptional situation beyond our control or because access to the delivery address is impossible. The information at our disposal did not allow us to ensure delivery”.
As many consumers who actually wait for packages these days receive this email, they panic and look for the suggested solution, which is a call-to-action from the fake Canada Post.
“Please click here to organize a second presentation,” the email continues. The scammers even offer a bogus password that the victim is supposed to use in order to access the account. “Please note that we do not deliver to the place you have chosen. If you are absent at the time of the delivery, we deliver your parcel to an alternate point of your choice. Click the link below to set your preferences”, the message adds. Notice the grammar mistakes.
Here is a screenshot of the actual fake email, with the mention that, indeed, the content may slightly change:
In a different variation of the scam, you could receive an email from a fake Canada Post admin that apologizes for the delays and for the bad experience you have had with them. As a sign of appreciation, the bogus account offers a gift that you can claim by clicking a button. see a screenshot of the scam email below – notice the grammar mistakes:
Canada Post Delivery Scam: How to Avoid
This Canada Post parcel message is a phishing scam, which is a type of email fraud meant to lure you and other victims into logging into a bogus website. There, you will need to enter your personal information in order to access the promised benefit or required action. As you can imagine, many times this act leads to identity theft. In this case, the email is designed to look like Canada Post has sent it to you.
In a different variation of the scam, a text notification could inform you that you are entitled to a refund for an overpayment with Canada Post (or a CRA tax refund). The scammers will then ask you to respond by entering your bank details, on a page that is a replica of the real one. Although the message might use the Canada Post logo and have other features that make it look authentic, you should never trust it. Delete it.
Meanwhile, beware of other common schemes happening in Canada as you are reading this such as the Canada Post email scam.
Canada Post Delivery Email: How To Report a Scammer
Warn your family and friends about the Canada Post Parcel Scam by sharing it on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers to the Federal Trade Commission using the link below:
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