Scammers have targeted eager online shoppers and those waiting for gifts in the lead-up to Christmas to launder money from Australians.
Dodgy scam artists have ramped up efforts once again to rip unsuspecting Australians out of their money by using a pesky package delivery tactic.
As people eagerly waiting for text notifications for delivery are being targeted, it appears online ordering is at an all-time high in the lead-up to Christmas.
Scamwatch issued an alert over the weekend confirming that text messages containing fake information about parcel deliveries were again swiftly distributed across the country.
Members of the public shared their dismay on Twitter on Sunday, warning many not to be fooled into clicking on links contained in texts.
They usually refer to the delivery service company DHL and have recently expanded to include Amazon, according to Scamwatch.
“You have (1) outstanding package,” a message shared by one person on Twitter, followed by a fake
DHL reference number and threat: “Last chance to pick it up” before website link.
Screenshots of several similar text messages were shared in response, with dozens agreeing they were painfully disturbing.
“They are fishing the Christmas parcel bonanza because a lot of people are actually expecting the package. I bet a lot of people get caught up in it. What a terrible thing for people,” replied one person Gave.
“Drives me crazy because I’m waiting on a package from DHL,” said another.
“This time of year really ramps up, because they assume that people are expecting Christmas presents,” said someone else.
Telstra’s Twitter account also weighed in on the matter, encouraging users to block the numbers.
“Those pesky scammers can get frustrated! Sadly, there isn’t much we or any other service provider can do to block them indefinitely. But you are right there, please take them where you can.” Keep blocking,” he wrote.
Another common was fake text that read: “The delivery time of your parcel is 03/09. Check your options” followed by a website link, Scamwatch said.
“Your DHL order ID 1842225 will be arriving soon. Track progress here,” another popular as well: “Your order will be delivered by DHL tomorrow between 11:26 and 14:26. Track progress”.
Scamwatch confirmed that the parcel messages were related to the Flubot malware scam, which was initially reported in Australia in August.
“This is a very sophisticated scam and potentially very dangerous. It can compromise people’s bank accounts,” ACCC deputy chairperson Delia Ricard previously told news.com.au.
“Whatever you do, don’t click on links.”
Phone users should block the number, delete the message, and report it to scamwatch.