The Bossier Financial Crimes Task Force is warning residents about a trend in text scams recently reported in Bossier Parish.
Police in Duxbury, Massachusetts, also warned against the scam on Twitter, telling people not to click on the link and instead go to the FedEx website and search the tracking number if there's any question about it.
Con artists posing as shipping and package delivery companies, like FedEx, are sending out realistic-looking texts with links.
The text message shows you a "tracking code" and asks you to click it to set delivery preferences for "your package".
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Other links may take you to a customer satisfaction survey promising a free gift for completing the survey. Smishing is doing so through short messaging service (SMS) or texts. HowToGeek.com details how the fraudulent messages work: Users get a text or email-addressed to them using their names, or even with a "hello mate" salutation-that seems to have info on a package's status. That's good for emails, but what about text messages?
One local law enforcement agency is also urging consumers not to fall for the scam.
"Have you received a suspicious text or e-mail that appears to be from us?" the company wrote.