Warning of a new wave of fraud: “House number on the package is missing”

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A wave of phishing is currently sweeping smartphones in Austria. The scammers claim that a parcel cannot be delivered. Changing shortcodes are quoted as the sender, such as Verify, IMO or Tango. The sender does not specify which delivery service made the alleged delivery attempt. This triggers curiosity; moreover, the message is largely correctly worded orthographically and grammatically and looks genuine. Anyone who is expecting a package could indeed fall victim to the scammers.

The scam repeats itself.
Delivery of your package has been suspended because there is no house number on the package, or delivery of your package has been “failed” due to an invalid change of address, according to the scammers’ standard ruse.

The afterthought always follows that you should follow a link, usually created with the URL shortener cutt.ly, to update the delivery information. But beware: a fraudulent website lurks behind the link. Messages like this are used to install malicious programs, obtain personal data or rip off money.

It is suspected that these phishing campaigns are highly automated; the sender and URL change constantly, so blocking them is of little help. The links should not be clicked; experts advise reading the entire text.
Those worried about their parcels should go directly to the delivery company’s website and enter the tracking number of the parcel there to retrieve further information.

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