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Government warns of ‘dangerous’ India Post SMS: Tips to avoid this new courier scam

The government warns against fake SMS messages claiming to be from India Post, urging users to update address details. These messages are fraudulent, and users should exercise caution.

By: MD IJAJ KHAN
| Updated on: Jun 19 2024, 07:06 IST
BEWARE! Here is how NOT to check your PF balance; man loses Rs. 1.23 lakh in scam
Government warns of ‘dangerous’ India Post SMS: Tips to avoid this new courier scam
1/7 In a shocking turn of events, when a man was looking to check his PF balance online, he was caught by fraudsters and lost Rs. 1.23 lakh! (Reuters)
Government warns of ‘dangerous’ India Post SMS: Tips to avoid this new courier scam
2/7 This is how he lost money in this PF balance scam. He was searching for the EPOFO phone number on the Internet, but came across a fake phone number, according to Free Press Journal. He called it and the person there convinced him to download an app that provided the fraudster with remote access to his gadget. He also shared the code for making a payment. Before, the innocent man knew what happened, he had lost the whopping amount of Rs. 1.23 lakh! (Pixabay)
Government warns of ‘dangerous’ India Post SMS: Tips to avoid this new courier scam
3/7 In short, do not check PF balance by searching online and clicking on random links or talking to anyone. Just remember, EPFO will never ask you to make any payment or download any app or even ask you for any payment code or OTP. So, if you want to know how to check PF balance online, we explain it here. (HT_PRINT)
Government warns of ‘dangerous’ India Post SMS: Tips to avoid this new courier scam
4/7 How to check PF balance Via UMANG App - For checking PF Balance via UMANG App, you will first have to download the app and then log in by entering your UAN and OTP (one-time password) to check the PF account balance. (UMANG Twitter)
Government warns of ‘dangerous’ India Post SMS: Tips to avoid this new courier scam
5/7 How to check PF balance Via Text Message – EPFO members whose UANs are registered with EPFO can check their PF balance by sending a text message (SMS) to 7738299899 by typing 'EPFOHO UAN ENG' using your registered mobile number with the UAN (Universal Account Number). It can be noted that the last three digits of the message represents the language in which you want to receive the message. (Pixabay)
Government warns of ‘dangerous’ India Post SMS: Tips to avoid this new courier scam
6/7 How to check PF balance Via Missed Call – Members also have the option of checking the PF balance via call. Registered users can give a missed call to 011-22901406 from their UAN registered mobile number after which they will receive an SMS with details of the PF account balance. (Unsplash)
Government warns of ‘dangerous’ India Post SMS: Tips to avoid this new courier scam
7/7 How to check PF balance Via EPFO website - Visit the EPFO portal www.epfindia.gov.in and click on the ‘For Employees’ option under the ‘Our Services’ dropdown menu. Click on 'Member Passbook' and enter your UAN and password. Once you do so you will be able to see your passbook. It can be noted that people who have worked in more than one organisation will have different member IDs to choose from. (MINT_PRINT)
Government warns of ‘dangerous’ India Post SMS: Tips to avoid this new courier scam
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Government warns of fake SMS from India Post asking for address updates; stay vigilant and avoid scams. (PayTM)

A message claiming to be from India Post is circulating via SMS, asking users to update their address details. PIB Fact Check has verified that these messages are fake and warns users to stay vigilant. 

PIB Fact Check posted on X confirming the message's falsity and advising caution. The post states: "Have you received an SMS from @IndiaPostOffice saying your package has arrived at the warehouse and asking you to update your address within 48 hours to avoid return? #PIBFactCheck This message is #fake." 

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PIB Fact Check clarifies that India Post does not send messages requesting address updates for package delivery. Users are advised not to click on fraudulent links.

The fraudulent message reads:

"Your package has arrived at the warehouse and we attempted delivery twice but were unable to due to incomplete address information. Please update your address within 48 hours, otherwise the package will be returned. Click on the link indisposegvs.top/IN to update your address. After the update, the package will be redelivered within 24 hours."

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To protect yourself from SMS fraud, consider these tips:

  • Do not trust messages from unknown numbers, especially those that create a sense of urgency.
  • If a message claims to be from a legitimate company, contact the company directly through verified phone numbers or websites, not the ones provided in the message.
  • Avoid clicking on links in suspicious texts. Instead, manually type the website address if needed.
  • Do not share personal or financial information via text message.
  • Report any suspicious texts immediately.

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Additionally, follow these steps to protect yourself from online scams:

1. Use trusted apps like "Fraud Alert" by CERTIn, "mSafe" by NCSAP, and Google's "AntiPhishing App" for real time alerts and security advice.

2. Be cautious when sharing personal details online. Avoid giving sensitive information to unfamiliar sources.

3. Be sceptical of unsolicited requests for personal data.

4. Download apps only from official app stores.

5. Regularly update your software to benefit from security patches.

6. Disregard offers of free gifts from unknown individuals and verify the source before making online payments.

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Stay aware and take these precautions to protect yourself from scams.

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First Published Date: 18 Jun, 16:12 IST
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