Scammers are at it again. There is no end to the creative ploys. We have received a report of a Eugene resident whose parent received a text message that a package is unable to be delivered and to ‘click’ on the link provided to ensure you receive it. This can happen to anyone, and the scammers are constantly phishing for someone who will click that link. However, if you click on the link, you may end up enabling a hacker to enter, or providing information to a scammer.
The best way to respond, if you are expecting a package, is to go to the place you ordered from and check your order status, or if you have an account with a package delivery service, then check. Do all this independently of the text or email you receive telling you the package will not be delivered.
Scammers can impersonate email contacts, texts, or phone numbers. This is called spoofing. Please beware. There are so many scams out there. Many scams try to alarm you or scare you. Others just prey on your situation. They can pretend to be a bank, streaming service, online company, or just about anything else you can think of.
It is a good idea to reach out to your provider for tips on blocking the calls/texts/emails and regarding the spamming.
If you receive a phone call and recognize that the call is a scam, please hang up immediately and report the information to www.ic3.gov
If you are the victim of a scam and have incurred a loss, please call the EPD non-emergency at 541.682.5111.
These cases provide an opportunity for a reminder on how to avoid becoming the victim of fraud. Scams are cyclical in nature. Eugene Police recommend to remain careful and skeptical of callers:
•If you get an unsolicited text, don’t click on it. Delete and report it as spam.
If som20230831_113146 (004)eone asks you for your cash, gift cards, credit card numbers, security log-ins, or other personal information (especially if you don’t know them well), the safest move is to refuse their request and check with the police, or find an independent way to contact a legitimate business and follow up rather than responding right away to the caller.
•Don’t give out computer or phone log-ins, personal or financial information to someone who calls you. If you are unsure, hang up and independently find the phone number of the alleged represented agency and call yourself. A law enforcement agency will not ask you for this type of information or request that money be sent by way of money order for any reason.
•Beware of high pressure techniques, such as the need to give information or make a decision on the spot.
•If it sounds quirky or weird, it probably is.