Royal Mail warns of a new parcel scam sweeping the UK.
The latest scam involves a text message alerting people there is an unpaid bill to be paid relating to a delivery. It also includes a link which directs them to a convincing Royal Mail copy website.
RM has advised everyone that they do not send these kind of messages. Furthermore they advised that any unpaid postage charges would be noted on a grey calling card which is left at the property.
Katherine Hart, from the Chartered Trading Standards Institute, said: “This delivery scam is yet another example of fraudsters attempting to make money out of the unsuspecting public. Due to the lockdowns, many millions of people rely on product deliveries, so scammers have focused their efforts on this theme.
“Also, the public must also be aware that these types of scams may come in many forms, and scammers do not only use Royal Mail branding. Indeed, in January, I commented on a similar scam that used DPD branding.
“These types of scams come in many forms, not just via text but also in emails and through the phone.”
We see this alot in logistics and transport. Sadly it’s becoming more common.
Do not follow any links from emails or texts like this, instead open a new internet browser to find the verified company website and speak to the carriers directly for more information. They will be able to check whether the message you have received is genuine or not.
More on this on the BBC website: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-56496203