A single mother who fell victim to a widespread text message scam is urging others to be vigilant as Christmas approaches.
The woman, who asked to remain anonymous, recently received a text saying a parcel had been delivered to a drop-off point and instructing her to click a link for more information about collection.
“I’m usually someone that is pretty on to it about scams, but I totally fell for this one as I have family overseas that I know are sending us parcels,” she said.
“So I got excited and didn’t see all the little details in hindsight might have made me suspicious.”
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After following the link, she was told the parcel had been stopped at the airport, and she would need to pay $4 stamp duty before it was released.
The woman gave her credit card details but the parcel never materialised.
“After a week I rang NZ Post to find out where my parcel was and they informed me I had been scammed,” she said.
“My bank said they are getting so many people scammed and cancelling credit cards right now because of the same scam. In my circle of friends and colleagues I…