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New delivery scam on WhatsApp, can despoil your bank savings

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Ever since the corona virus epidemic spread in the world, online scams have been on the rise. Security researchers have warned users about a new distribution scam that is doing the rounds. Scammers send messages containing malicious links through WhatsApp and inform users about their online orders. Innocent users become victims of scams and lose all their bank savings. If you are smart enough, you will never fall for such scams, But the moment you let your guard down without hesitation, scammers will have an advantage.

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Russian security researchers at Kaspersky lab have issued warnings about package delivery scams that are on a rise. The researchers reveal that the attackers pose as executives from online delivery companies. They then inform the person about a package that needs to be delivered to their residence. However, the process is not as smooth as it appears. The cyber criminals then ask users to click on the link that is provided with the message to complete the process. They are asked to make a small payment to ensure that the product is delivered safely to their residence.

“Unexpected parcels requiring payment by the recipient remained one of the most common tricks this past quarter. The reason for the invoice from the ‘mail company’ could be anything from customs duties to shipment costs.When trying to pay for the service, as with compensation fraud, victims were taken to a fake website, where they risked not only losing the amount itself (which could be far higher than specified in the email) but also spilling their bank card details,” Kaspersky lab said.

When the user clicks on the link, he is taken to a fake website where he is asked to enter his bank details to make the small payment. This happens if the customer does not remember anything about his online orders.

When you purchase something from Amazon or Flipkart, you know what you have ordered and when the parcel will be delivered to you. That is because you have a tracker on the app and you also get messages about the location of the products. No company will ever ask you to make a payment to ensure safe delivery even if you have opted for cash on delivery mode of payment. The order will be first delivered to you and then you can make the payment or you can simply pay the money before using your wallet or card. No additional payments will be charged no matter what happens.

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The researchers have asked users to be wary of such emails and to always check the source of messages that do not seem to be very reliable. You should never click on a link that does not have a proper website address or looks suspicious. It is advisable to install security solutions to keep such threats, phishing attacks away.

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