Beware of parcel delivery scams

Delivery scams are once again on the rise and we are warning everyone to be vigilant and cautious.

In just two days, we received several text messages from an unknown sender who claimed to be from a courier service. The messages said that they would make “another delivery attempt” and asked us to open a suspicious link to confirm our address details or else the item would be returned.

The messages might look legit, especially with the persistence, urgency, and fear of losing your “item”. But they are part of a scam that aims to steal your personal or financial information or infect your device with malware. Be warned.

Delivery Scams

Delivery scams are one of the most common types of online fraud in the country. They often start with a text message or an email about delivering a package to your address. Scammers use fake names, logos, and tracking numbers to lure unsuspecting victims into clicking on malicious links or providing sensitive data.

Remember to first verify the identity and credibility of whoever is texting you and avoid clicking on suspicious links or pop-ups. Also, never provide personal or financial information, such as passwords, PINs, OTPs, or bank account details, to anyone online, especially if they claim to be from the government, bank, or online platform.

If you have been a victim of online scams and other cybercrime, you can report it to the authorities or online platforms immediately. You can dial 1326 to report any type of scam. You can also call or message other Inter-Agency Response Center numbers: 0947-714-7105 (SMART), 0966-976-5971 (Globe), and 0991-481-4225 (DITO).

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