I haven't received one of these texts myself, but I know some people that have received text messages that state there is a package waiting for them. Even some of my coworkers here have had that text show up on their phones.

The text pops up on your phone and says, we found a package from March pending for you. Kindly assume ownership and confirm delivery here, and then it gives you a link to click on. According to the Orange County Sheriff's Department in California, it is a scam.

If you decide to click on the link you will be asked to provide your bank account number. The police warn that the thieves could install malware on your phone, steal your identity, or even empty your bank account.

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They say the best thing to do if you receive one of these text messages is to ignore the message and to block the number that the text came from. The Orange County Sheriff's Department urges you to share this message with friends, especially the elderly people you know. The elderly seem to be more susceptible to crimes like this.

I'm sure the cyber criminals picked March because that's when the pandemic hit. Some packages were delayed due to the Coronavirus. And with all the confusion surrounding Covid-19, especially when the outbreak first started, you may think that it's possible that you may have ordered something back then and just forgot about it.

#ScamAlert have you received a text message like this recently? It’s a phishing scam, aka “smishing” where cyber...

Posted by Orange County Sheriff's Department, CA on Sunday, August 30, 2020

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