Warning of text scams operating
TeTari Taiwhenua Department of Internal Affairs has received hundreds of complaints about large-scale phishing scams the public should be aware of.
The scams involve people being sent a text message with a link to a website that can be used to gain the recipient’s financial information. Engaging with these messages results in significant financial loss.
Should youbecome a victim of these scams contact your bank and lodge a complaint with the police.
Oneof the mostcommonscams will see the sender attempt to gain the recipient’s trust by impersonating United Parcel Service (UPS).
The recipient is sent amessage notifying themthat UPSattempted to deliver a parcel however due to unpaid ‘customs charges’ the package was unable to be delivered. The recipient will be directed to click a link and follow the directions outlined on the webpage.
The webpage will prompt the recipient to confirm redelivery of the parcel and advise them a $2-$3 fee that needs to be paid.
The recipient will instead be directed to a ‘special offer’ page in the samestyling as amazon.com, offering
the latest smartphone at aheavily discounted price and prompting the recipient to provide personal and
If the recipient provides their details, thescammer will use their credentials to log in and stealmoney from the target’s account, or on-sell the credentials to others. Similar text scams have been sent impersonating the Lotto.
If you receive a text you were not expecting or a text message from an unknownsender, do not click any hyperlinks included in the message.
Simply report the textspamfor free on your phone by forwarding the spamtext message to 7726.