Online threat presented as UPS shipment tracking

The subject line reads Your UPS shipment tracking number and the email goes into detail about a recent order from a security system company out of Arizona.
The subject line reads Your UPS shipment tracking number and the email goes into detail about a recent order from a security system company out of Arizona.

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) Online scammers are becoming more targeted in their approach to gain your confidential information. You're not expecting a package, but a new email seemingly from a national shipping company, says a box is headed your way.

The subject line reads Your UPS shipment tracking number and the email goes into detail about a recent order from a security system company out of Arizona. Also within the email are links to your "tracking number" and to contact UPS. These links however, appear to connect to pirateshideoutcalypso.com, which is a website that seems to have originated in the Caribbean.

Scammers have the ability to use social media, email, and websites to convince you sharing your personal information is just another step in the process of gaining an inheritance from a long-lost relative, helping a friend who has been robbed in another country, or claiming your million dollar prize for a contest you can't remember entering.

Technology allows these nameless con artists to seemingly represent a real company, and the latest in the cycle of electronic stings is using the UPS logo to tell you to track a package that you never ordered.

One Myrtle Beach resident received the email pictured to the right, which specifically lists a tracking number and type of UPS service for the delivery.

If you receive an email claiming your purchase has been shipped or that you owe a specific amount, and you know you have not made that purchase, do not click on the links provided.

Sharing any personal information could result in the loss of your personal information as well as a financial disaster. You can report any suspicious activity requesting your information to the Better Business Bureau.

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