Simlis webshops, suspicious shipments, phishing SMS

one of the dominant parcel carriers, especially in on-site delivery. Experts have collected the most typical methods of deception – and also what we can do to avoid falling victim.

“Packeta has been available to domestic web stores since 2019, and our employees ship 200,000 packages a day to thirty-four countries. Our company is connected to 32 thousand web stores, so we know quite well the points that are worth paying attention to when sending parcels when shopping online. ”

– said Szabolcs Fagyas, sales director of Packeta Hungary Kft.

  1. Discover the broker web stores!

In recent years, an increasing proportion of purchases have been made available on the Internet and are now reaching HUF 909 billion. The number of online stores is growing by more than 50 percent a year, and more than 33,000 online stores are already offering their portraits online from large corporations to primary producers. In the huge selection, it’s not always easy to adjust, and we can easily run into online stores that work around the law, harming customers. However, there are a few telltale signs that we might suspect we don’t want to buy in the right place:

  • only an email address, possibly a mobile number, is provided, not an address or postal address;
  • no registered office, company registration number, often even the country of registration of the company cannot be identified;
  • the GTC and the Data Management Statement are severely incomplete or completely missing;
  • it can be treacherous to find only “suspiciously” positive customer reviews on the site;
  • there is no page ID “padlock” in the browser’s URL field next to the title;
  • prices are suspiciously low compared to competition;
  • the professional design of the website leaves something to be desired;
  • as the case of the text is Hungarian, there are a lot of spelling mistakes
  • you should check the website if there is any suspicion.
  1. Don’t fall for fraudulent payment surfaces!

Increasingly, fraudulent payment interfaces are trying to obtain user information, such as their credit card number and CVC code, a three-digit security code on the back of the card, to steal money from their account by copying the name and image of a known business. To avoid this, we should also be careful with payment interfaces, check the URL, the page lock “padlock,” and pay only in an interface that has been redirected to a trusted web store or parcel delivery company.

  1. Beware of phishing SMS!

A form of fraud that has spread in recent years is phishing SMS, which reminds the recipient of the arrival of a parcel. The message contains a link that opens a web page with the image elements of a parcel delivery service, but no functionality is available there. The purpose of the site is to install a malicious application on the phone of a careless visitor that allows perpetrators to access data stored on the device. If we haven’t ordered anything, we still get an SMS, first of all, it’s worth asking around in the family if they may have ordered. If not, do not open the link under any circumstances.

  1. Don’t take anything you didn’t order!

It is also possible that not only do we receive unsolicited SMS, but they also try to deliver a real package. As we order more and more things and expect up to 2-3 couriers a day, we can easily assume that an ordered package will arrive while trying to bring an unsolicited shipment. For example, a few years ago, many people around the world received seeds from China, presumably to allow fraudulent traders to show higher-than-real traffic by confirming the delivery of unsolicited packages, without having to suspect the many positive reviews on their websites. In other cases, they travel for money, such as when sending a package by cash on delivery. Once we’re sure the non-family has ordered something, don’t take these shipments by any means, especially if you have to pay for it!

  1. Don’t rest in it if we didn’t get what we expected!

We may still be disappointed if the package arrives at our door, but it doesn’t hide exactly the product we were expecting, but say a cheap imitation. It is best to suspect before delivery, for example, that the confirmation email you received after your purchase is spelled out or may have been written by a machine translator. In this case, unfortunately, there is a good chance that the ordered product will not be what we expect, it is worth checking before receipt. If we have already received the package and the “continuity” is revealed afterwards, it is definitely necessary to hold the seller’s online store accountable, as parcel delivery companies do not have the opportunity or right to override the authenticity of an order or check the contents of a package. The exception is if the damage is presumed to have occurred during transport.

+1 Use your rights if you want to get your money back within 14 days

All buyers have the right to return the order within 14 days of ordering within the European Union without any reason. refuse to purchase and get his money back. If we do not succeed, we can turn to the National Consumer Protection Authority, and the European Consumer Center can help with foreign online shops. And if you’ve been proven to be cheated, it’s worth filing a police complaint against the web store.

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