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Delivery scams are on the rise – here’s how you can avoid becoming a victim

During the pandemic, there has been a boom in online shopping. Many people have enjoyed not only the convenience of having items delivered to their door, but also shopping from the safety and comfort of their own home.

Unfortunately, as e-commerce has grown throughout Covid, so have the scams associated with it, reports WalesOnline.

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According to Which?, reports of ‘smishing’ (SMS phishing) increased by 700% in the first six months of 2021 compared to the previous six months, and now the watchdog is warning of the new scam of ‘brushing’, where fraudsters send mystery Amazon deliveries to households.

Brian Higgins, security specialist at Comparitech, said: “These kinds of frauds will become far more prevalent in the run-up to Christmas and people’s vulnerability will be exacerbated by talk of supply chain shortages etc. making it far more likely that they will be taken in by text messages asking for excess delivery fees.”

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