Internet users beware, there is a Royal Mail text scam and officials are saying it’s really bad.
Even with a worldwide pandemic, it seems there’s no hiding from scammers.
This latest con arrives in text-form, claiming payment is required for a package to be delivered.
The police are urging members of the public to be vigilant against these scams.
How does the Royal Mail Text Scam work?
The text, claiming to be from Royal Mail arrives out of nowhere, saying “your Royal Mail parcel is awaiting delivery.
“Please confirm the settlement of 1.99 (GBP) on the following link”.
The message then links to a website mocked up to look like an official Royal Mail site.
Scammers then request personal and payment details, which the con artists may use to steal someone’s identity.
Royal Mail Response
In response, Royal Mail said it would not use such texts – unless specifically requested.
A Royal Mail spokesperson said: “Royal Mail will only send email and SMS notifications to customers in cases where the sender has requested this when using our trackable products that offer this service.
“The only time we would ask customers to make a payment by email or by SMS is in instances where a customs fee is due.”
It seems this has raised alarm bells nationwide, from the police to those who look after customer wellbeing.
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.”
Instead of falling victim to the Royal Mail text scam wait for their grey card instead.