NSW Police have issued an urgent alert over a new Australia Post SMS scam, warning Australians to be wary.
The shocking new scam sees unsuspecting Australians receive an SMS claiming to be from Australia Post, where its states that the person has a package ‘detained in terminal’. The text then asks you to make a payment to ‘retrieve the package’, so Australia Post can deliver it.
The sophisticated scam is particularly disturbing as it uses logos, fonts and type very similar to the Australia Post branding - leading many to be fooled.
Says NSW Police: ‘SCAM ALERT - A scam SMS claiming to be from Australia Post is going the rounds, claiming that you have a package ‘detained in terminal’, and asking for a payment to ‘retrieve the package’. This SNS has not come from Australia Post. Please do not click any links or make any payments. Delete immediately.’
Adds Australia Post: ‘SCAM ALERT: We have been advised of an SMS scam claiming to come from Australia Post. The SMS claims that you have a package ‘detained in terminal’, and asks for a payment to retrieve your package. This SMS has not come from Australia Post and is a phishing scam. Please do not click on any links or make any payments.’
They add: ‘Australia Post will never contact you via SMS asking for your persona information, financial information or to make a payment.’
To learn more about this scam visit Australia Post’s website.