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The ability of anyone to purchase anything, from anywhere, at any time of the day or night, offers incredible opportunities to each of us and to each of our virtual neighbours around the globe. Unfortunately, some of those neighbours do not have our best interests at heart. One fraud type involves sending fraudulent cheques or money orders, usually by UPS Next Day Air® service, either in response to an online advertisement or as part of a fraudulent job offer. Do not assume that the method of delivery lends any legitimacy to the contents of the package.
If you have received an unexpected cheque or money order, you should assume it is fraudulent. You should also be extremely cautious if you receive a cheque or money order for an amount greater than the expected amount. You may be contacted by e-mail with a request to cash or deposit the money and return a portion of it using Western Union or other means. The fraudster will advise that you keep a portion of the money, which is less than generous considering the original cheque is probably fraudulent. Even the bank may initially believe the cheque or money order to be legitimate, only to discover the truth later and return it to you for repayment.
In the past, successful fraudsters may have needed "an honest face." However, today's criminals only need a legitimate-looking website or e-mail to commit fraud.
We regularly monitor the Internet for the unauthorized use of the UPS brand to protect our customers. The unauthorized or unlicensed use of UPS intellectual property (trademarks, copyrights, patents, and trade secrets) is monitored and acted upon, if known. Please note that some fraudulent websites may have the look and feel of a legitimate UPS website. To be assured you are accessing an authorized UPS website, use "ups.com" or "international.ups.com" rather than a link embedded in another source.
Fraudulent e-mails adopt many different forms and are the unauthorized actions of third parties not associated with UPS. These e-mail messages referred to as "phishing" or "spoofing" are becoming more common and may appear legitimate by incorporating company brands, colors, or other legal disclaimers. Help protect yourself by becoming familiar with these methods of fraud:
Please be advised that UPS does not request payments, personal information, financial information, account numbers, IDs, passwords, or copies of invoices in an unsolicited manner through e-mail, mail, phone, or fax or specifically in exchange for the transportation of goods or services. UPS accepts no responsibility for any costs or charges incurred as a result of fraudulent activity.
Awareness and recognition of fraudulent letters, e-mails and phishing attempts is vital to protecting yourself against theft and other related crimes. Common indicators that an e-mail might be fraudulent include the following:
Some legitimate UPS communications may come in the form of an e-mail with an "epackage" link contained within the e-mail. These messages are designed to increase the protection around sensitive information, and the associated link will always start with https://ftp2.ups.com.
In addition to fraudulent websites and e-mails, fraudsters also may use the telephone, a fax machine, letters, or other communication methods in an attempt to gather your personal information. These fraudulent communications are the unauthorized actions of third parties not associated with UPS. Fraudulent communications claiming to be from UPS may claim to indicate a package is waiting to be delivered. These communications will generally ask you for personal information and/or a payment in advance of receiving a package, or may indicate a need to update your account by obtaining personal information or a copy of your UPS invoice.
If UPS contacts you regarding a package, the UPS representative will always be able to provide a tracking number, which you can verify on our website. You also should know that UPS may contact you from time to time regarding service offerings or for marketing purposes, but you may always verify our phone number and call back before proceeding.
If you are ever unsure of the validity of a communication, ask for the caller's first and last name and a call-back telephone number.
Most illegitimate "work from home" job scams can be avoided by watching out for unrealistic pay promises with no experience necessary, or jobs that require you to make a payment before divulging specifics. Some of these scams, however, are more difficult to identify as fraudulent, and may result in you being personally liable. Some identified examples include:
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