Austria: Police issue postal warning to all citizens

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Criminals are now distributing “yellow slips” that look deceptively similar to those from the post office. The police warn against this new scam.

Unknown criminals send or deposit fake postal notifications, or “yellow slips.”

The Styrian police publicised the new scam on Tuesday and warned all citizens.
This is how the criminals work: In these notifications, the victims are made to believe that the “deposited” document is an “expired registration form”.

A QR code is also displayed on these notifications. Anyone who scans this with their mobile phone is directed to a website that is supposed to be Austria’s central register of residents (ZMR).

However, this is a complete fake. Anyone who then complies with the request to enter their personal data has given the fraudsters everything they want.
“This is another form of so-called phishing. Phishing is an attempt to obtain personal data via the internet,” explains the police. Using emails, text messages, QR codes, and fraudulent websites, attempts are made to obtain personal data or information such as credit card numbers, passwords, account details, and the like.

  • source: heute.at/picture: LPD Steiermark/Post
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