The crooks have targeted avid online shoppers and those awaiting Christmas presents in a heightened effort to steal money from Australians.
Dodgy crooks have once again stepped up their efforts to squeeze their money from unsuspecting Australians using an annoying parcel delivery tactic.
People eagerly awaiting SMS notifications for deliveries are being targeted, apparently more with online orders at an all-time high as Christmas approaches.
Scamwatch issued an alert over the weekend confirming that text messages containing false information about package deliveries had once again been quickly circulated across the country.
Members of the public shared their frustrations on Twitter on Sunday, with many warning others not to be fooled into clicking on links in the texts.
They typically refer to the delivery service company DHL and have recently expanded to include Amazon, according to Scamwatch.
“You have (1) a pending package”, a message that someone shared with Twitter, followed by a fake
DHL reference number and the threat: âlast chance to get itâ, before a link to a website.
Screenshots of several similar text messages were shared in response, with dozens of them agreeing that they were painfully boring.
âThey’re fishing for Christmas packages, because so many people are really waiting for packages. I’m sure a lot of people get caught in it. What a horrible thing to do to people, âreplied one person.
âIt drives me crazy because I am expecting packages from DHL,â said another.
âReally creepy this time of year because they assume people are expecting Christmas presents,â someone else said.
Telstra’s Twitter account also weighed in on the issue, encouraging users to block numbers.
âThese pesky scammers can be frustrating! Unfortunately, there is little we or any service provider can do to block them indefinitely. But you’re right, keep blocking them where you can, âthey wrote.
Another common false text was the one that read: âYour package delivery deadline is 03/09. Check your options “followed by a link to a website,” Scamwatch said.
âYour DHL order ID1842225 will be arriving soon. Track progress here,â was another popular article along with, âYour order will be delivered by DHL tomorrow between 11:26 and 14:26. ââTrack progress.”
Scamwatch has confirmed that the package messages are related to the Flubot malware scam, which was originally reported in Australia in August.
âThis is a very sophisticated and potentially very dangerous scam. It can compromise people’s bank accounts, âDelia Rickard, ACCC vice president told news.com.au.
âWhatever you do, don’t click the link. “
Phone users should block the number, delete the message, and report it to Scamwatch.