Delivery scams have target 75pc of Aussies

According to a recent study by the Australian Post, three-quarters of all Australians have fallen victim to delivery fraud.

About 25 percent of those who received a fake delivery or package message from scammers became involuntary victims of identity theft or suffered financial loss of up to $20,000.

More than half of these people initially thought the fake delivery message was genuine and followed up on it before realizing it was fraudulent content.

The study also found that 80 percent of Australians received between one and ten fraudulent text messages or calls each week and 15 percent received 16 or more fraudulent emails.

Australia Post is urging people to protect themselves from scams as they are becoming more frequent and convincing.

Australia Post chief executive Paul Graham said Australians lose billions of dollars to fraud every year.

“Fraud attempts are becoming more sophisticated, more frequent and increasingly difficult to detect. Our latest research shows that most of us have already fallen victim to fraud,” he said.

“With many people being bombarded with fake text messages, emails and calls, the best way customers can protect themselves from fraud is to use the free AusPost app, which allows them to securely track deliveries.”

The new investigation into Australia Post follows the recent report by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC),

The ACCC report revealed that Australians lost $2.74 billion in 2023 and made more than 601,000 fraud reports, an 18.5 percent increase from 2022.

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