The South African Post Office (SAPO) has warned the public about messages that ask individuals to pay a clearance fee to release their parcels.
SAPO spokesperson, Johan Kruger said they have seen a sharp rise in the number of enquiries arising from emails and text messages that appear to originate from the Post Office, but are designed to make the receiver pay money into a fraudulent account.
Kruger said the messages state that the parcel can only be released once a clearance fee has been paid and include a link.
“Should the receiver click on the link, a page requesting payment opens where the receiver can make a payment to ‘release’ the fictitious parcel. The current website changes appearance and the message it displays.”Johan Kruger
This is how you can spot a message or email that is not from the Post Office:
Kruger urged members of the public with any information about postal crimes to contact its toll-free crime buster hotline on 0800 020 070.