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Fraud: unable to complete delivery (SMISHING)


Why this looks valid

  • It is common to received text notifications regarding package deliveries, especially during the holidays
  • The link in the text appears to be USPS

Why this is fraud

  • The link does not go to the official USPS website, which is
  • Valid shipping notifications normally include details such as the originating sender or a tracking number
  • You may not have signed up for text messaging regarding any package de
  • The originating phone number does not trace back to any shipping services

Additional notes

  • What is a SMISH? It is a short way to refer to phishing messages sent by texting, also known as SMS
  • Scams by text are very common - here is more information from the FTC on how to recognize them:
  • Did you know: a great way find out quickly if this is a legitimate text is to search the phone number in Google - any valid alert would include a phone number that traces back to an official corporate website
  • This example came from yours truly here at Gone Phishing! This holiday season, fraudulent text messages are becoming more frequent. Have you received an interesting SMISH? Forward it to