Beware of counterfeit parcel scams


Scam alerts are on the increase and resemble each other, but they still claim just as many victims. Currently, it is the false package alert that has reached the maximum level.

A scam to steal bank credentials

It is basic, but effective. An SMS, sometimes an email, announces the arrival of a package. A link accompanies it allowing the parcel in question to be tracked. As you wait for nothing, intrigued, you click on the link in question, just to know a little more about this mysterious package. Know it : one in two people clicks on it, proof that the scam is well thought out.

If you click, the trap begins to close on you. on Android phones, used by 8 out of 10 French people, an on-screen message suggests updating Google Chrome. If you click on yes, control of your phone is engaged. Thereafter the real fake browser will pump your contacts, and even make you believe that you are on the site of your bank, in order to steal your credentials.

SMS sent to all contacts

The tragedy is that once infected, all your contacts will in turn receive the hacking SMS. The only way out, it is to completely erase and reinstall your phone, but also, to warn your contacts that you have been hacked, and of course, your bank.

As you can see, the consequences of these kinds of scams are not neutral. So I can only give you this good advice: if you do not expect delivery, do not click on the message announcing the arrival of a package. At worst, if you really need to receive something, the delivery guy will surely find you.