SA Post Office warns against scam

2017-04-25 07:40
Photo: suppliedParcel delivery scam designed to defraud.

Photo: suppliedParcel delivery scam designed to defraud.

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THE SA Post Office warns the public to be on alert about a parcel delivery scam.

The public receive phone calls from people pretending to be from the customs division of the SA Post Office. The caller informs them that a parcel is ready for collection – provided they first pay money into an account. According to the caller, the money is for customs duties and courier fees.  

The person is then directed to a website that appears similar to the Speed Services website. The phone number, however, is a United Kingdom number with a +44 prefix.  

Customers are also given a pin which they have to enter before they can “track” the fictitious parcel. 
The post office does not use pin numbers for its tracking service. The SA Post Office does not require customers to make any bank deposit before parcels are released. 
In instances where Sars puts on a levy import tax on parcels from abroad, the import tax must paid at the post office counter when the item is collected. The customer will receive a receipt for this payment. 

Where the post office has the cellphone number of the recipient, the customer will receive an SMS requesting him or her to collect the parcel at a specific post office branch. The SMS will not request that funds be deposited into an account. Those who have information regarding this scam, are asked to call the SAPS or the post office’s crime buster Hotline on 0800 020 070.  

The SA Post Office advises the public to ignore communication of this nature. - Supplied.

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