Australia Post users targeted with ‘legitimate’ text scam

Apr 27, 2022
Australia Post issues warning over phishing scam. Source: Getty

Australia Post has issued a warning to their customers regarding a phishing scam targeting people awaiting deliveries via text message.

The advanced scam appears on customers’ phones under the ‘Auspost’ sender ID, asking users to follow a link.

The postal service released a warning on their website, reminding customers to remain vigilant.

“Australia Post has been made aware of fraudulent text messages that are circulating as an update to a parcel delivery and prompting customers to click on a link to pay a delivery fee,” the statement read.

“These scam messages are sent using ‘AusPost’ sender ID and, due to the way smart phones group these communications, the scam text would appear together with the legitimate thread of Australia Post messages.”

The company released images of the types of text messages received to show customers the difference between fraudulent and legitimate texts.

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Australia Post warns of text message scam. Source: Australia Post

Australia Post warned that if the link is clicked, the “link will lead to fake Australia Post website which is designed to steal your personal and financial information”.

This is not the first time Australia Post customers have been targeted by scammers, the company warned customers of a similar text message scam in October 2019.

Police issued a warning at the time saying the scam was sophisticated enough that customers may not know they’ve fallen victim until “debt collectors come knocking”.

“In this convincing scam, the text messages appear in the same text thread as legitimate Australia Post communications giving you a sense of trust,” Queensland Police warned.

“Once you click on the link however, you will be led to a fake website asking for personal particulars and sometimes a payment.”

Australia Post said they would “never email, call or text you asking for personal or financial information or a payment”.

According to the latest Scamwatch data, Australians have lost $167 187 343 in 2022 so far, with over-60s being targeted by scammers.


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