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New texting scam disguises itself as amazon, FedEx delivery notification

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Posted at 12:18 PM, Jan 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-22 13:14:33-05

(WTXL) — Beware, there is a new scam to watch out for.

This time it's a tricky texting scam that disguises itself as a delivery notification from companies like Amazon and FedEx, according to How to Geek.

Scammers are sending realistic-looking text messages posing as popular delivery companies.

Within the text, there's a link that takes you to a fake Amazon page and asks you to take a "free survey."

Next, the survey will ask for your credit card information to pay for shipping, and it will automatically sign you up to receive a product each month with a charge of $98.95.

Officials say one of the easy ways to detect this scam is to look for what is said in the address bar of the web page.

If the web address has Amazon or FedEx in the name, then it is likely okay.

However, if it doesn't note the companies and displays a web page claiming to be one of those companies, it is likely a scam.

This tweet highlights the difficulty in telling which text is which:

How to Geek is urging individuals not to open the message or click on any links. Instead, you should immediately block the sender and delete the message.

iPhone and Android users both have access to built-in spam-blocking tools that should help prevent individuals from receiving fake messages.

FedEx says it is aware of the scam and has posted information about it on the company's website.