In response to the reported rising cases of package delivery scams, the Philippine National Police (PNP) Anti-Cybercrime Group (ACG) has taken steps to curb the nefarious activity, which is done either via online or text messages.
The PNP-ACG recently took to social media to warn the public against such schemes after some individuals shared their experience of receiving dubious texts and emails. Oftentimes, the fake messages say there is an emergency situation (involving a family member), which scammers use to demand payment for hospitalization and other expenses.
The photo shown here is just an example of a suspicious text message asking for credit card or bank account details. If you have received similar emails lately, then beware, because you might be the next target of a delivery scam that could leave you in a financial mess.
Here are the PNP-ACG’s guidelines on how to avoid falling victim to this package delivery scam illegal activity:
1) Know the modus operandi.
- You will receive an SMS (short message service) that says you have a package at the post office.
- For it to be delivered, you must pay first a certain amount using the link indicated in the message.
- When you click the link, a postal site will open and you will be asked to input your credit card number, along with other personal data.
2) Here’s what you should do.
- Do not respond to the message.
- Never click the link.
- Do not give away your personal information.
The PNP-ACG also advised individuals who received similar messages to coordinate with the unit for investigation. This would help the agency trace and apprehend scammers. Visit the agency’s website or contact 0905-4144965.
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