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SMS scammers prey on public with fake fee demands

Police warn against fraudsters who demand money for non-existent parcel deliveries, and advise constant online vigilance.

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Police warn against fraudsters who demand money for non-existent parcel deliveries, and advise constant online vigilance.

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UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 4:41 am

Police have warned that fake courier companies are targeting members of the public with SMS messages asking for additional payments for unsuccessful parcel deliveries.

The Judiciary Police (PJ) said the messages ask recipients to log into the enclosed website, key in personal information and pay additional fees for unsuccessful parcel deliveries due to purported interferences caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The PJ pointed out that as with similar cases involving financial losses, members of the public are advised to “continue to stay vigilant and safeguard their personal information”, noting that caution and verification through reliable means should be exercised if such text messages are received.

The police emphasised that preventive measures should also be taken, including staying vigilant if unsolicited phone calls, messages or emails are received and ensuring to “verify the sender’s identity through reliable sources” when it comes to disclosing personal and financial information.

Officers urged the public not to click on unsolicited links or photos to secure personal information, and to protect their personal computers or mobile phones from virus attacks. Anti-virus software should also be regularly installed and updated on personal devices.

The PJ added that the public should also be aware of “phishing websites” and verify if web addresses provided are identical to official ones, The Macau Post Daily reported.

 

UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 4:41 am

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