Canada Post Scam Email: How It Works
If you live in Canada, you might be the target of a Canada Post scam email. There are a few variations, but the most common ones are listed below. Let’s take a look at a couple of them.
In the first variation of the Canada Post scam email, the content of the message reads: “You missed your delivery! An agent of ours tried to ship a parcel to your address, the parcel returned to our address because we had the wrong address and phone number. The first shipment was free, if you wish to correct your details and retry to ship a small fee of $2,75 CAD is required.”
Here is a screenshot of the Canada Post scam email:
The grammar used in the text above – as in most of the email scams – is atrocious, so that should be your first red flag. However, let’s take a look at the second variation of the suspicious Canada Post scam:
“Unsuccessful delivery attempt
Package from: Canada Post
Package type: Large letter
Delivery date & time: Thursday, 6 May 2021 08:28
We attempted to deliver your package at 09:11 on Monday, 3 May 2021, but no one was available. Your parcel was returned to our depot, and you need to reschedule your package delivery. Please reschedule your package delivery by pressing ‘Reschedule Now’, and one of our drivers will attempt to deliver your package.
Reschedule Now (fake email)
The Canada PostTeam”
Scammers ask you to click on a link and provide all your credentials, which may lead to identity theft. Let alone your credit card number and other sensitive information.
Delete the email and enjoy your day. It doesn’t come from the real Canada Post.
Canada Post Scam Email: How To Avoid
Letting alone the several grammar mistakes that give away a scam, Canada Post recommends that you look at what the email address of the sender looks like. Does it have wrong characters, such as ‘Canada Post’ written with the number 0 rather than the letter ‘o’? Is it from a generic email service domain name? (e.g., gmail.com, hotmail.com)?
“Look also at the quality of the images included in the email. Are they of sufficiently high quality that they could come from Canada Post? Do not open attachments from unsolicited emails regardless of who they are from.
Do not click on the link provided whatsoever. Instead, go to the relevant Canada Post website and log in from there. Check the address of any email received to see if it appears legitimate”.
How To Report a Scammer
Warn your family and online friends about the Canada Post Parcel Scam by sharing it on social media. You can also officially report the scammers to the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) using this link below:
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