If you get a text from Australia Post, sent from Dick Smith, asking you for money to release a package ‘detained in terminal’, delete it.
The postal service flagged the scam, which was picked up by Consumer Protection on Thursday.
SCAM ALERT: An SMS scam claiming to be from Australia Post is asking customers for payment to release a package ‘detained in terminal’. Please do not click any links or make any payments. Learn more: https://t.co/XWbcjEhJoi pic.twitter.com/bAjuzUHQpI
— Australia Post (@auspost) August 7, 2019
If the mention of Dick Smith as the sender wasn’t enough to get your BS-o-meter pinging, here’s what it says…
The scam asks for your credit card details to pay a $1 freight fee in order to receive a “phone won in competition” from the millionaire businessman.
“This SMS has not come from Australia Post and is a phishing scam. Please do not click any links or make any payments,” Australia Post said in a statement.
“The scammers will direct you to pay for freight or shipping for a package and ask for your banking information.
“Please do not provide your banking information – this is how scammers can take money from your accounts.”