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.
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”.
Scammers are able to copy phone numbers and email addresses so they appear as a genuine contact. This #scam tactic is known as ‘spoofing’. If you’ve received an unexpected call or email asking for money or your personal details, call the relevant entity directly to confirm. pic.twitter.com/ue7Ox1DfsP
— Scamwatch_gov_au (@Scamwatch_gov) March 24, 2022