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Royal Mail scam texts on the increase as Brits issued fresh warning

Royal Mail has issued a new warning to customers as there has been an increase in scam texts being sent.

Scam texts are being sent out to Brits to try and make people part from their money by trying to convince people that a package needs to be paid for.

One of the most recent texts sent to customers says: “Your package has been held and will not be delivered due to a £1.99 unpaid shipping fee.”

Another scam text message states there is a package that needs to be rescheduled and asks you to press on a ‘bit.ly’ link.

The link takes you to a scam site asking for payment and Royal Mail has urged people not to click the link.

Royal Mail said on it’s website: “These are some typical examples of scams that look like they’re sent by Royal Mail, but are in fact fraud or phishing scams.

One of the scam texts being sent to Brits

“Please don’t click on any of the links in these emails and be vigilant if you receive a communication which you aren’t sure about.”

If you receive a suspicious email, text message, telephone call or discover a Royal Mail branded website which you think is fraudulent, please report it to reportascam@royalmail.com.

Tony Pepper, CEO of cybersecurity firm Egress, said: “As the world continues to rely on digital communication channels wherever possible, we’ve seen an inevitable surge in phishing activity over the last year, with cybercriminals sending out highly convincing emails posing as trusted organisations.

“Unfortunately, these recent emails claiming to be from the Royal Mail are part of the latest scheme aimed at tricking people into parting with their money – and in many cases are using incredibly sophisticated tactics to do so.”

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