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How to identify a shipping scam

“Be careful, your PayPal account has been hacked! Our system detects unusual activity… Click here to activate your account.’

Here is a real example of a scam you may encounter on the Internet. This example is something to smile about. Who would be tricked by such an absurd strategy, will you tell us?

More people than you think… The scam business is particularly lucrative and the shipping scammers are particularly skilled. Because the logistics industry is not spared, Eurosender gives you some tips to avoid falling into their traps.

1) Search the company name on Google

If you have received a suspicious email from an unknown company, it is best to check their website.

Be careful, however: Scammers generally use a company name very similar to that of an existing company. They can add a word or even a simple letter. Therefore, if you observe two very similar websites during your search, be careful!

The scammer parade:

Scammers are creating more and more websites that look authentic and professional. Googling the company name is thus not a 100% reliable option.

The solution:

As professional as the website looks, there is generally one element that does not mislead: the logo.

Two possible options: The scammers stole another company’s logo or modified it. In any case, the logo is often pixelated and of poor quality. Ask yourself if the logo is consistent with the rest of the site.

Another way to detect a scam? Consumer reviews. Look at the number of negative comments. In general, below 3 out of 5 stars, the company can hardly be considered reliable.

2) Check the company’s experience

You have just googled the company name and you find out two very similar websites. Which one is a scam? The most recent, no doubt. I don’t need to explain why.

The scammer parade:

Again, this is not an unshakeable truth. It is easy to falsify information on the Internet. During our research, a site strangely similar to ours indicated that it was created in 1997… One year before Google was created.

“Dear scammers… Next time, be more consistent. »

The solution:

Contact the company that you think is most reliable by phone and calmly ask them for more information: the number of employees in the company, the type of business they use, the location of their different offices, etc…

3) Check each red flag

In the case of a suspicious email:

  • Check that the email address is the same as the company.
  • Check for spelling errors.
  • Verify if your order number or parcel tracking number is mentioned in the email.

The scammer parade:

Scammers most often use some kind of problem or emergency in their email, to get customers to take immediate actions. It is a very common manipulation technique. You are led to believe that you must pay additional fees as quickly as possible, at the risk of your package being returned to the sender.

The solution:

No company worthy of the name will use a financial threat to its customers. In this case, the solution is very simple: remain rational and delete the mail, without clicking on any links proposed by the scammer. Be safe, people! Think before clicking shady links or paying to someone!

We wanted to write this post for a long time already. We hope that this article will help you avoid becoming a victim of scammers in the future. Have some questions? Let us know!

Last modified: July 8, 2019

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