Recently, a new type of scam is being reported. You will receive text messages from WAL claiming that your parcel has been tracked to HA672Y84.

This is the text message:

WAL Shipment Tracking: Hi, your parcel with tracking code HA672Y84 is waiting for you to check the shipping address:

The malicious link in the text message is however. It’s not the official United States Postal Service website. Clicking on the link will take you to phishing sites that trick you into signing up for surveys promising a MacBook Pro or other electronic devices.

Completing surveys will not reveal your personal information to scammers, who will then use it fraudulently. This scam is known as ‘Phishing Scams.

FTC reports that phishing scams are the most common type of fraud in the last five years. Scammers can trick you by sending text messages or email to get your personal data. There are many things you can do in order to protect yourself.

What should you do if you receive phishing text messages like this?

  • Do NOT open it. Sometimes, opening a phishing email can compromise your Personally Identifiable Information.
  • To prevent you from opening it inadvertently,
  • Do NOT download any attachments that are attached to the message. You might find malware in attachments, such as viruses or worms.
  • Do not click any links in the message. Phishing messages contain links that direct you to fraudulent websites.
  • Do NOT reply to the senter. Do not respond to any messages that may be sent by the sender.
  • Report it. Help others avoid phishing attempts