Scammers target holiday shoppers in email con


NEW YORK (CBS) – Millions of Americans are shopping online this holiday season and con artists are trying to take advantage of it. One scheme involves fake delivery notifications sent by email.

Claire Rosenzweig is president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau in New York. She says the high volume of online holiday shopping makes this time of year ideal for cybercriminals.

Online orders are tracked by confirmations and delivery updates. Scammers posing as retailers, banks or even shipping companies send emails that look real with subject lines like “order confirmation,” “status notification,” or “package undeliverable.”

If you get an email from someone you don’t know or a website you don’t recognize, take a second to investigate it before you open it, and if it asks for any personal information without you first logging on, it’s likely bogus. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s