Police are warning mobile phone users to watch out for the latest fake Australia Post text message scam.
Queensland Police have previously warned about this widespread scam as have Australia Post and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission:
R U in Control of your personal details?
A variation of this scam involves a text message that is sent to your mobile, inviting you to follow a link and update information in relation to an in-transit parcel.
This link can be used to extract your personal information and potentially steal your identity.
Delete, delete, delete!
You can call your local Australia Post parcel centre if you have any doubts that there is a legitimate parcel on the way to you, otherwise delete the text message immediately.
Scammer are also targeting people who are advertising goods for sale online and through social media.
The scammers may arrange to meet the seller and have a get-away car at the ready before snatching the item from the seller’s grasp.
If you are advertising your items for sale through print and online classified ads, beware of scammers posing as genuine buyers.
Scammers may make up stories such as needing your help to pay for the item or be a third party for upfront costs like transportation or insurance.
They may promise reimbursement for these costs. Scammers sound confident in order to trick an unsuspecting seller or individual to buy into their scheme.
Remember, if it’s too good to be true, then it probably is. Make sure you ask yourself – R U in control?
If you have lost money, given remote access to your device or given over your personal particulars, report this to ReportCyber (www.cyber.gov.au/report)
Members of the public can learn about scams at www.scamwatch.gov.au or the Queensland Police Service’s R U in Control campaign at https://www.police.qld.gov.au/safety-and-preventing-crime/r-u-in-control.
If you are concerned that you have had your ID compromised contact IDCare on 1300 432 273 who can provide you with the best advice on how to respond to identity theft.
If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.
You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24hrs per day.