Royal Mail has seen a rise in parcels and letters despatched all through the previous yr because of the pandemic and other people being separated from their family members. With this has come an increase in scams through each text and e-mail.
Royal Mail has mentioned it could not ship such texts, until particularly requested and would use a gray card as an alternative to inform individuals if any price was required.
The Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI) beforehand mentioned that the rise in on-line purchasing means extra individuals are prone to be ready for parcels and deliveries, making them extra weak to this scam.
Lead officer Katherine Hart mentioned: “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 on their efforts on this theme.
“Royal Mail will only ever contact you via text or email if a customs fee is due, not for domestic parcel delivery. If you have any suspicions, contact Royal Mail to verify before you click on any links or share details.”
Tips to keep away from being caught in a scam contain turning on the spam filter in your e-mail account.
Royal Mail mentioned: “If you receive a suspicious email or discover a Royal Mail branded website which you think is fraudulent, please let us know by completing our online form.
“If you have been the victim of a payment scam, you can get a crime reference number by reporting it to your local Police station.”
Katherine added: “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 emails and through the phone.”
DPD lately shared how Britons can spot one a fraudulent message.
The company mentioned: “Always check the email address the message has come from is a valid address.
“Often this is forged and looks different from a dpd.co.uk, dpdlocal.co.uk or dpdgroup.co.uk address. Check to make sure the links are to the sites you’re expecting to see, fraudsters will attempt to trick individuals by changing some letters or numbers within links.
“DPD notifications links should always be either www.dpd.co.uk/ or www.dpdlocal.co.uk/.”