Post Office warns parcel collection scam

Post Office warns parcel collection scam

The South Africa Post Office has urged customers to be aware of scams that ask for upfront payments for parcels.

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It says it's received complaints from customers about emails and text messages that appear to come from the Post Office.


Spokesperson Johan Kruger says the criminals ask for money to be paid into a fraudulent account.


"Fraudsters ask for R40, but when they pay over the 40 it is actually $40, so it's quite a large amount. If you are not waiting for a parcel and you get an email or a message out of the blue that says pay money in order to collect or release your parcel, it is a scam."

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"The Post Office will never do that, of there is money payable like import tax on a parcel abroad you pay it at the counter, never in advance."  


He says they've contact a cyber security technology company to block the sender of the messages.


Kruger says they've also asked the host of the website in the U.S to remove it from their server.


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