THE SA Post Office warns the public to be on alert for a parcel delivery scam designed to defraud them. Members of the public receive phone calls by persons alleging to be from the customs division of the SA Post Office. The caller informs them that a parcel is ready for collection — provided that they first pay “customs fees” into a bank account. The SA Post Office does not require customers to make any bank deposits before parcels are released. In instances where SARS 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 point-of-sale 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. Members of the public that have information regarding this scam, are requested to call the SA police 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.