Clark Howard: Online shoppers watch out for e-mail shipping scam

Jacksonville, FL — Calling it a simple but effective scam, Consumer Warrior Clark Howard is warning online shoppers especially those who have been knocking out their holiday shopping about a new scam.

Clark says criminals are sending e-mails to inboxes confirming that their package has been shipped and attaches a link to track their order. It’s a special warning from our Consumer Warrior as we move toward the end of the holiday shopping season.

"The problem right now during the Christmas season is that there is so much online ordering, that a lot of us are like 'where did we order that from? Is that from there or what?"

Clark says these e-mails could be from anybody including places a person would shop at such as Walmart or Amazon. If a person clicks on the link in the e-mail it possible it will start downloading malware to their device or computer.

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Clark suggests ignoring the e-mail whether a person thinks its legitimate or not. Instead, he says visiting the actual store’s website or going through its app to check on an order.

READ: Everything you need to know about Free Shipping Day 2018

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