Having a package pending receipt is quite common today. We all buy dozens of things a year online, which come to our house with a shipping agency. Today we have to talk about the Fake sending SMS. Most transport agencies use SMS to notify about an upcoming pickup or delivery, something that many hackers are using to fraudulently extract money. Today we tell you how to differentiate the Fake send SMS promising pending delivery.
Don’t fall into the trap of fraudulent SMS
It is likely that if you dial a ‘6’ followed by eight other numbers you will give a real number that you can call, send a WhatsApp or send an SMS. This is one of the techniques hackers use to send hundreds of thousands of SMS to random numbers to try to scam them.
For a few weeks these SMS are focused on parcel shipments. The creators of this scam know that there is a large percentage of users who wait for a package and play with it.
These Fake SMS They can be based on several methods and have different objectives: steal information, charge a small amount of money for customs or collect your passwords. Almost all act the same way: they tell you that there is a package pending delivery and that you must log in to complete the data.
The most normal thing is that the SMS is “signed” by the Post Office and that a small amount of money is requested by customs. It can be difficult to know if it is a Fake SMS or not, because this type of message only supports plain text and links.
Customs payment on shipments from China or other countries is quite common, although it is not usually 1 or 2 euros. The SMS offers you a link and prompts you to follow the instructions. Its only objective is that you enter a web page similar to that of Correos, Fedex o UPS e enter your payment information to charge you a small amount of money.
If you do not have a pending package, you may not pay attention, but if you are waiting for one, you may bite and fall into the trap. At the end of the day it is only one euro and you may not receive that package that you have been waiting for for a long time because you do not pay it. The reality is that you are delivering your card details to a platform guarded by a hacker. You may use it later for other purposes or you may settle for ripping off a euro.
They use small amounts of money to build user trust and also to avoid complaints for larger charges. Being small amounts, many more users fall into the trap and can pocket thousands of euros per day.
How to know if a sending SMS is fake
There are several things to keep in mind when trust or not a sending SMS or package delivery. The first thing to think about is whether you have a package pending delivery. You may be waiting for a package, and if this is the case, we recommend carrying out a couple of checks:
Enter the email to know with which company it is delivered
If you have bought something online, you will surely have an email indicating when your package will leave and with which transport company. What’s more, you probably have a tracking number too. Confirm these details and compare them with the SMS you have received. The companies do not match? Does the tracking number tell you that everything is fine? Then most likely you have sent a fraudulent SMS.
Do you have to pay customs for your purchase?
If the SMS you receive tells you that you must pay customs there is a great possibility that it is a scam. In general, shipping companies pay this customs and ask you to pay when they deliver the package. If you want to be more calm, you should ask yourself if what you have bought comes from another country. It is not the case? Then there are no customs that are worth and you must forget the SMS.
Stay calm and enter the link
Impatience is surely getting the better of you and you want to verify that it really is a scam and that your package is being treated normally. You can enter the link in the SMS and navigate to the destination page. Yes indeed, do not click on anything weird, do not download any files and do not put any data, just watch.
It is possible that the landing page does not correspond to that of the Post Office, Fedex or UPS. The domain may be similar and they try to copy the colors, but with a quick glance you can see that the pages are not the same.
It is at this point that you can be completely calm. As they are SMS sent randomly, they will not have data of your shipment, your name or your address, they simply want you to log in (to steal your password) or that pay an amount for customs.
The SMS of shipments do not ask for anything, they only inform
Shipping agencies use the SMS to inform on the status of shipments. They may tell you that they have passed and you were not, that they will deliver it tomorrow morning or that it has already left the warehouse.
These SMS They are used to improve the delivery rate of the couriers and not to request information or make charges. This is why you must be wary of almost any sending SMS that is not purely informative. Do they ask you for a payment or your data? Delete the SMS!
Detect fake SMS of shipments or packages It is quite simple if you use these tricks and put them into practice. Probably the most useful is to check if the package really comes from that shipping company or to always distrust a request for data or payment methods.