In the run-up to Black Friday, strong warnings were issued about scammers posing as Royal Mail.
It comes after fraudulent emails were sent asking people to pay a return postage fee for an undelivered letter. The mirror reports.
While the email, allegedly from the Royal Mail, only charges a fee of £ 1.99, the scammers at the other end can potentially withdraw huge sums of money from people’s bank accounts by entering banking details.
Now experts are warning customers to be aware of the scam and others like it to avoid a nasty shock when people shop online on and around Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year, November 27th.
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The scam email was first flagged by Wycombe District Neighborhood Watch at Flackwell Heath after it was received by a villager.
The neighborhood watch website stated, “Confident that this low value transaction was not inappropriate, the resident provided personal and card details to aid in the payment.
“However, the resident had concerns and realized that this action was unwise.
“You contacted the relevant fraud department and canceled all cards before any damage was done!”
There are fears that anyone who falls for the scam could inadvertently give the scammers access to all of the money in that account.
Ray Walsh, ProPrivacy Digital Privacy Specialist, said, “Anyone who receives an email claiming to be from Royal Mail should remember that they will never be asked to pay a redelivery fee numbers.
“Never enter your bank or card information after following a link on an email claiming it was from the Royal Mail as it will lead to your card details being stolen by criminals.”
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If you think you have fallen for the scam, contact your bank and check your bank statement for signs of unauthorized transactions.
Walsh added, “While this Royal Mail scam has so far only been reported locally, it will almost certainly spread across the country due to Black Friday and online Christmas shopping.
“This is why it is important that consumers pay attention to any attempts to get them to share their payment details for re-delivery of a letter or package.”