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Beware of Rise In Online Delivery SMS Scams


Online Delivery SMS Scams

Because online shopping was so popular during the pandemic, many people have continued to shop online even after physical stores reopened. Unfortunately, as online shopping has grown in popularity, so has the number of online shopping delivery scams, including SMS text scams.

Jam Pathirana, is CEO and founder of ecommerce organisation B dynamic – an industry leader in assisting businesses to drive growth through online sales and fulfilment services. Boasting over 25 years of experience in brand distribution, product sourcing and channel development globally, Pathirana understands ecommerce better than most and says that “We are seeing a concerning rise in the number of people being targeted by SMS message delivery scams".

“Thousands of people across the country are receiving scam SMS delivery text messages telling them to click on the link to confirm or change their delivery,” Pathirana said.

“Many of them are purporting to come from Australia Post and these scam SMS messages look very real. Given most people are shopping online the messages appear genuine, but the problem is they are not.

“When you click through the link it encourages you to provide your personal information or even worse, your financial information.

“We are seeing lots of situations where consumers are falling for these scam tricks and clicking on the links. The scammers are able to extract enough information from people to take over their bank accounts, phone accounts, and even take out loans in their name.”

Pathirana is encouraging consumers to be vigilant and has provided tips to avoid being scammed.

Do not click on any SMS links

His advice:


It may seem obvious, but do not click on any SMS messages with links about delivery information. Even if the message says that is has come from Australia Post, the majority of these messages are scams. Scammers use clever tricks to lull you into thinking that the message is from a reputable organisation like Australia Post, when in fact it is not.”

Check with the retailer

While some retailers and logistics companies like B dynamic do send delivery SMS messages, these will only be sent to you if you have nominated in your online order that you would like to be alerted via SMS of your shopping delivery progress. Check with the retailer or the delivery company to ensure the SMS message is genuine. Clarify the sender’s phone number. Once you know it is authentic, save the number in your phone. This way you will know that any messages received from this number are safe to open in the future.

Block and report suspect SMS messages

Block and report any suspect SMS messages. You can also alert the government agency responsible for addressing and responding to SMS scams. Simply forward the SMS or MMS spam to 0429 999 888. Standard message charges apply. Forward email spam to report@submit.spam.acma.gov.au. Don't change the subject line or add any text.

According to Pathirana many people don’t even realise they have been scammed.

“Many scams are so slick that you don’t even know you have given your personal information to a scammer. Many people only find out much later when their emails, bank accounts or phone accounts are hijacked,” Pathirana said.

“As an organisation that provides logistics and parcel delivery services for many of the world’s largest retailers across Australia, we are constantly on alert investing resources in our ecommerce and delivery systems to reduce the capacity for scammers to take advantage of shoppers.

“While we are making good headway, it is important for consumers to be vigilant and to pick up the phone and make a call if they have any concerns at all. It is better to be safe than sorry.”



 

Publisher's Note: I often send out email alerts to my clients regarding email scams. Here is the latest one.


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