MIL-OSI Translation: Watch out for parcel delivery scams!

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Source: Republic of France in French

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Are you expecting a package? Have you received an SMS or an email that looks like it came from a delivery service? Watch out for fraudulent messages and parcel delivery scams! Service-Public.fr with Cybermalveillance.gouv.fr explains how to protect yourself from it.

If you receive a text or email message that says there was a problem sending a package and asks you to pay shipping or postage. Please note, this is an attempted parcel delivery scam!

Cybercriminals pose as some of the most notorious delivery companies to steal and misuse personal and credit card information. A false parcel tracking number and a link are sent to you by SMS (follow the instructions here, reschedule your delivery…). Do not click on this link under any circumstances and never give out your bank details. It could cost you dearly.

Periods of high online shopping activity (end of year celebrations, sales, Black Friday) are conducive to this type of scam as many people wait or send packages. Be careful !

What is it about ?

This type of fraudulent message falls into the category of cyber fraud known as phishing. He impersonates a known delivery company to trick the victim into providing personal or confidential information.

In the case of parcel delivery scams, victims receive a message (email or SMS) that appears to come from well-known shipping companies. Messages received by SMS usually display a sender name from a known delivery service and a phone number (5-digit short number starting with 38) that resembles those used by real delivery services.

This message announces that a package must be delivered to you but that you must pay postage or shipping, VAT or customs … The small amount claimed encourages you to make this payment and click on the link. You will then be redirected to a fraudulent website usurping the identity of the delivery company on which you will be asked for personal information: identity, postal or email address, telephone number, bank card details in order to pay the alleged shipping costs. delivery.

What to do if you receive a parcel delivery scam message?

Note that delivery companies will never ask you by text or email for any payment to receive a package.

If in doubt, contact the relevant delivery company directly to confirm the message you have received. If the company tells you that they were not the source of this message, it is a scam attempt.

Never click on this link. Do not communicate personal or credit card information under any circumstances.

The site cybermalveillance.gouv.fr Provides you with all the useful tips to spot this type of scam, to know what to do if you receive a fraudulent message or if you are the victim of the parcel delivery scam.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and / or sentence structure not be perfect.

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