A new phishing scheme is targeting South African Post Office customers’ and they have warned the public not to become a victim.

In a statement, the Post Office said they have been contacted by several concerned patrons who say they received emails from the Post Office claiming they owe the office customs duties. According to the Post Office, this email is fake.

The email is not from the Post Office, but rather from a malicious party.

“The SA Post Office continues to receive enquiries from members of the public who receive an email stating that a package could not be delivered to them because of outstanding customs duties,” reads the statement. “The email address of the sender has now been altered to appear as if it was legitimately sent by the Post Office.

“The mail contains a link that leads them to a payment page not operated by the SA Post Office, and refers to a fraudulent tracking number not issued by the Post Office.”

Here is an example of the fraudulent email:

They continue: “The Post Office never charges customs fees or import duties before delivering a parcel. If there are fees payable, this is done at the time when the item is actually handed over to the customer.”

Anyone who receives an email of this nature is urged to not respond, and delete it immediately.

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