Your UPS, FEDEX Or Other Parcel Cannot Be Delivered
Our network team has drawn our attention to an online fraud that has been doing the rounds for some time. You get an email saying that there is a UPS, FEDEX, DHL or other parcel for you, the courier cannot have it delivered since the address seems to be wrong. You are requested to fill up some private and confidential details and reply to the email. In some cases, we have found that a contact phone number is attached to the email too.
Once you send the contact details which include your phone number, address and probably some ID details, you will receive an email or phone call. The content of the email or call would mention that there is a parcel for you which is being held by the couriers office. You will be requested to pay an amount, like 150 U.S$ or 220 U.S$ (the amount can differ) before the parcel is delivered to you. Details for your payment to be made could be through a bank or through Western Union. You will be informed that the parcel will be delivered the moment your money is received. To make the whole thing more convincing and more tempting, the ‘courier’ might tell you that the value of the parcel is quite high and therefore needs a certain custom duty to be paid.
Once your money reaches the online fraudster, you can bid goodbye to it as nothing will ever come to you. Some of these online frauds are commited using VOIP call services that cannot be traced to a particular phone number or location. In some ASIAN countries, cell phone or mobile phone accounts can be opened by purchasing a SIM card across the counter. You are not even required to produce any identification or proof to get the SIM card. The card can cost as little as 3 to 5 U.S$ dollars. The online fraudster can therefore afford to buy and throw away a SIM card for every fruad that is commited. Remember that the cell phone device itself can be reused with a new SIM card.
If you ever get such an email, do not take any action. If you feel that it could be a genuine courier parcel coming to you, check the name of the courier. Call up the head office of the courier in your locality, country or state and request for information. Remember to get the number from a telephone directory or the official courier website. Do not expect to find a genuine phone number in the email that was sent to you!. Keep your friends and collegues informed of this fraud.