Is IPS Delivery Pending text a SCAM?
IPS Delivery Pending text is a an electronic “phishing” scam used to trick users into providing personal/sensitive information or to access their private data. Attackers try to trick people into believing that their shipment was not delivered, for various reasons. The goal of the scammers is to lure victims into clicking on a fake link in the message, which is presented as a way to order re-delivery. The scam can lead to credit or debit card fraud, big loss of money and further phishing attacks.
Scammers use SMS text messages to promote the IPS Delivery Pending Scam and get new victims. In addition, the scam can be promoted through email, social networks (Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram), deceptive ads and push notifications, as well as Adware and potentially unwanted applications (PUAs).
Here’s an example of a scam text claiming to be sent by IPS (International Parcel Service Text Notification):
An International Parcel Service Scam Text:
Shipment attempt 2/2 – Vanessa Pretoruis, ltem-lPS208497103ZA needs your attention, and will be returned, if not confirmed: igadez.com/qpKzERN
- Is IPS Delivery Pending text a SCAM?
- How Does the IPS Delivery Pending Scam Work?
- How to Spot Scams That Mimic the IPS?
- What to do when you receive the IPS SCAM text?
- Report IPS Scam
How Does the IPS Delivery Pending Scam Work
The scam contains a message about package delivery failure, which scammers try to pass off as legitimate. The scammers trick users into ordering a new delivery by clicking on the link in the message. Clicking on the link opens a site that pretends to be the official IPS site.
The phishing site is designed to look like the IPS real website. It may even link to the official site and may use the same logo and graphics.
A fake IPS site (igadez.com):
The text of the phishing page is below:
You have an outstanding delivery. Use your
unique tracking code to track and receive your
Your tracking code
Typically, Scammers ask victims to divulge their personal information and card details to pay for re-delivery. This information can be used for identity fraud, to conduct unauthorized financial transactions and make fraudulent purchases, to sell to criminals on the dark web, or other malicious purposes. Moreover, the criminals behind this scam can use stolen email addresses and phone numbers to send spam and malspam (spam emails containing malware or links to malware).
VirusTotal flagged an IPS Delivery Pending SCAM site as malicious
While less likely, scammers may ask victims to call a given number. Scammers may try to trick victims into purchasing fake support services or installing a remote control tool, which they pretend to be a program to diagnose a computer. It is important to understand that having access to a computer, scammers can steal private information and personal files, install malware (spyware, ransomware or Trojan horses).
To summarize, the IPS Delivery Pending text is a SCAM. It can lead to loss of data, financial losses, theft of personal information and other serious problems.
Here’s another example of a scam text claiming to be sent by International Parcel Service:
DELlVERY ALERT (!): consignment #LN78748371662ZA is ready for pick-up in: Mamelodi. Martha, check where to receive it here: odazoj.com
Below is another fake International Parcel Service website (splendidgift.live):
The text of the phishing page:
Grandi in Europa. Collegato al mondo.
CONSEGNA DEL PACCO IN
Hai (1) pacco in attesa di consegna, Usa il tuo codice per
rintracciarlo e riceverlo
Il tuo codice di rintracciamento
How to Spot Scams That Mimic the IPS
There are always a few details that can give away a scam. Make sure you know what to look out for.
- If you receive a text asking for redelivery fees, don’t respond or click on any links. Stop and think. An unexpected text message is often the first sign of a scam. Scammers use this tactic to harvest your personal information.
- The most obvious way how to spot a fake International Parcel Service text is finding inconsistencies in domain names, phone numbers and email addresses. If the text claims to be from the IPS, but the message is being sent from a random phone number or email address, it’s probably a scam.
- Copy the tracking code from the text message, track it on the International Parcel Service tracking page
- If you have the slightest suspicion a text may be a scam, do not click on the links you see.
- The text message creates a sense of urgency. Creating a false sense of urgency is a common trick of phishing scams. Be suspicious of texts that claim you must call or click a link immediately.
Examples of such scams
The IPS Delivery Pending Scam is just one of the many types of scams that exist. In some emails and text messages, scammers use threats to intimidate and bully a victim into paying, others contain links to malicious files. Whatsapp Scam, US9514961195221 – Your Package Cannot Be Delivered – USPS Scam, Geek Squad EMAIL SCAM 2023, Norton Subscription Has Expired and DPD Delivery Email are some of the scams we reported recently.
What to do when you receive the IPS Delivery Pending Scam text
We advise everyone who receives this text to follow a few simple steps below.
- Do not believe this message.
- Do not pay a ‘redelivery’ fee.
- If there’s a link in the scam message, do not click it, otherwise you could unwittingly install malware or ransomware on your device.
- Report the IPS scam text to the FTC at https://www.ftc.gov/
- If you have paid a scammer, the sooner you act, the better. Use the steps (https://consumer.ftc.gov/articles/what-do-if-you-were-scammed) to try to stop a transaction, get a transaction reversed, or get a refund.
|Name||IPS Delivery Pending Scam, International Parcel Service Scam|
|Type||Phishing, Scam, Social Engineering|
|Fake Claims||DELlVERY ALERT (!); Consignment is ready for pick-up; Shipment attempt 2/2; Shipment needs your attention; Shipment will be returned, if not confirmed; You have an outstanding delivery|
|Fake tracking numbers||GLS910029334, LN78748371662ZA, lPS208497103ZA, IPS016448296CA, P0135920134-ZA|
|Fake Linkt sites||xaqp.me, bgxeeu.com, jtvf.me, bzob.me, pdlz.me, vvqq.me, track.fwdtrck.com, twbn.me, jmht.me, bgxeeu.com, xaqp.me, ukzd.me, splendidgift.live, oxajub.com, iduzol.com, owafad.com, www.yourplaygames.com, igadez.com, esilif.com, ohodiv.com, iduzol.com, oxajub.com, ufekij.com, www.onegamesservices.com, www.prizeosaurus.com, www.interwebsalesrus.com, www.securepagenow.com|
|Damage||serious privacy issues, identity theft, financial losses, additional malware infections|
|Distribution methods||SMS spam campaigns|
Report a Scam
If you have received the IPS Delivery Pending SCAM text or a message that is similar but not the same as the example above, then post it as comment on this article. Please include the telephone number the text came from. This helps us to warn users about current scams, monitor trends and disrupt scams where possible.