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Warn­ing of text scams op­er­at­ing

- Business · New Zealand Department of Internal Affairs · United Parcel Service

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

fi­nan­cial in­for­ma­tion.

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.

 ??  ?? The re­cip­i­ent is sent ames­sage no­ti­fy­ing them that UPS at­tempted to de­liver a par­cel.
The re­cip­i­ent is sent ames­sage no­ti­fy­ing them that UPS at­tempted to de­liver a par­cel.

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