Warnings issued as scammers pose as Australian Post workers to access customers’ personal details
- Queensland Police warn of convincing and sophisticated scam targeting Aussies
- Scammers are imitating Australia Post through SMS messages to gain details
- Victims are asked to hand over their personal details in the text message
Australians are being warned of scammers targeting Australia Post customers for their personal details.
Queensland Police said customers were being sent text messages from crooks pretending to be from the delivery service.
‘Australia Post recently advised of an SMS scam where fraudulent text messages were circulating advising customers of problems delivering a package and asking the customer to click on a link,’ a police statement read.
Australians are being warned about a convincing new scam involving criminals using sophisticated techniques to gain access to their victims’ personal details by pretending to be from Australia Post (pictured)
Once the victim has clicked on the link they are shown an error message claiming Australia Post is having trouble processing their delivery.
The SMS message is also somehow designed to appear in authentic Australia Post message feed making it extra difficult for victims to be vigilant.
‘Queensland Police have received a number of reports about this scam and ones like it that use well-known brands, authentic-looking messages and increasingly sophisticated phishing techniques,’ the statement continues.
‘Unfortunately, it has become very easy for cybercriminals to steal your personal details and carry out illegal activities in your name.’
Police have advised residents the easiest way to avoid scams such as these is ‘vigilance’.
‘Never click on links or attachments in unexpected texts or emails. Do your own research and ring the agency if you are unsure,’ the statement read.
If you are concerned that you have had your ID compromised contact IDCare on 1300 432 273 who can provide you with the best advice on how to respond to identity theft.
‘Australia Post recently advised of an SMS scam where fraudulent text messages were circulating advising customers of problems delivering a package and asking the customer to click on a link,’ a police statement read