Beware of Christmas parcel delivery scams via text messages

The holiday season is upon us, and with it comes the excitement of receiving gifts from loved ones. However, scammers are taking advantage of this festive time to trick people into giving away their personal information and money. One of the latest scams involves text messages claiming to be from parcel delivery companies.

The scam works like this: you receive a text message from a delivery company, such as DHL or FedEx, informing you that a package is on its way to you. The message may include a tracking number and a link to track your package. However, when you click on the link, you are taken to a fake website that looks like the real thing. The website may ask you to enter your personal information, such as your name, address, and phone number, or even your credit card details.

Once the scammers have your information, they can use it to steal your identity or make fraudulent purchases. They may also ask you to pay a small fee to release your package from customs or to cover delivery costs. If you pay the fee, you will never receive your package, and the scammers will disappear with your money.

To avoid falling victim to this scam, there are a few things you can do. Firstly, be wary of unsolicited text messages from delivery companies, especially if you haven’t ordered anything recently. If you do receive a message, don’t click on any links or enter any personal information. Instead, go directly to the delivery company’s website and enter your tracking number there.

Secondly, check the sender’s phone number. Legitimate delivery companies will usually send text messages from a short code, such as 12345, rather than a regular phone number. If the message comes from a regular phone number, it’s likely to be a scam.

Finally, if you’re unsure whether a message is genuine, contact the delivery company directly. They will be able to confirm whether they have sent you a message and whether there is a package on its way to you.

In conclusion, be vigilant when it comes to text messages claiming to be from delivery companies. Don’t click on any links or enter any personal information, and always check the sender’s phone number. By taking these simple steps, you can protect yourself from Christmas parcel delivery scams and enjoy a safe and happy holiday season.