• Woman received  text claiming shipment failed
  • Link to Australia Post site looked legitimate
  • Would have been scammed if parcel hadn’t arrived
  • Australia Post never requests payment via text or email 

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Aussies are urged to be on high alert about a new Australia Post text message scam after a savvy online shopper almost got caught out.

Sydney woman who was moments away from being scammed has detailed the close call and the dead giveaways she initially failed to notice, hoping others won’t be fooled.

The online shopper told Daily Mail Australia she was waiting on a package from beauty retailer Mecca last week when she received a text which contained an online link to click on.

‘Tips: Your shipment failed. Please update your shipping address,’ the text read.

The woman clicked on the link and was directed to what looked liked a legitimate Australia Post website, which requested an updated address for package delivery.

Oblivious to the fake URL at the bottom of the site, she filled in the online form when a second page requesting her credit card details.

‘Please be informed that a redelivery fee will be charged. This is to cover the additional costs incurred,’ the site read.

The woman was moments away from completing the transaction when the package she was waiting for arrived on her desk.

It was only then she realised how close she came to being scammed.

‘I was shocked at how real the text message was,’ she said.

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