Fake delivery notification texts preying on unsuspecting shoppers

Shoppers are being warned to beware of scam texts posing as delivery notifications as people start to make more purchases ahead of Christmas.

Sophisticated new scams are tricking people who are waiting for parcels to be delivered, with millions of fake delivery notification texts being sent out every day.

Editor of EFTM.com Trevor Long said the current scams plaguing shoppers were "very professional" and able to trick the average person.

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"People who fall for these scams are not idiots," he said.

The scam texts include links to track a delivery or pay a fee.

However, one clue that a link is a scam tends to be an unprofessional-looking link, often including incorrect spelling and capitalised letters.

People who do click through to the link might land on a page that looks official and invites you to fill out a form or download an app.

"They're trying to get one of two things out of us," Mr Long said.

"They're trying to access our personal information, or they're just trying to get money from you."

Australia Post has advised shoppers to treat any texts with extreme caution.

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"Australia Post will never contact a customer asking for personal or financial information, or a payment in exchange for a delivery." Tegan Evans from Australia Post said.

People are being told to ignore scam texts and not to fill out any information they ask for.

Mr Long said the scammers were sneaky in the way they preyed on victims.

"One of the biggest risks here is that you pay a dollar, or you pay two dollars, and the scammers have then got your payment details and they continue to scam you out of that money and you don't realise it's happening because you're not checking your credit card statements."

The average Australian who falls victim to a scam loses $12,000.

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