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Authorities have issued a warning after a man was charged for allegedly sending more than 17 million scam texts impersonating large businesses such as Australia Post and Linkt.

A 39-year-old man was arrested at a Moorebank address in Sydney’s south-west about 6 am on Tuesday following investigations into SIM boxes, which are used to send mass texts with fraudulent links across networks nationwide.

The texts usually pretend to be from a legitimate institution but direct the victim to a fake website for financial gain.

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“During a search of the property, officers located two active SIM-boxes, a number of SIM cards, and electronics consistent with running a fraudulent text message scam,” police said in a statement today.

“The items were seized to undergo further forensic examination.”

A SIM box can hold over 250 active SIM cards, which can send out up to 150,000 messages a day. 

The man was taken to Liverpool Police Station where he was charged with using equipment connected to a network to commit a serious offence.

He was granted conditional bail to face local court in the New Year.

Cybercrime commander Jason Smith urged Australians expecting online deliveries in the lead up to Christmas to be wary of the texts and to never click on the links.

“Legitimate businesses will never call or SMS customers seeking confidential information. Always be suspicious when you receive such requests,” he said in a statement.

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