11 May Postal Delivery Fraud
There’s been a huge increase in postal fraud in recent months, with losses running into hundreds and thousands of pounds.
Fraudsters use fake text messages from various courier companies to lure their victims. They send messages stating that the recipient has missed attempted parcel deliveries, and give instructions on how to arrange another try. The links in the messages lead to fraudulent websites that may ask for a small payment or your personal details for rearranging the delivery.
If you go on to make a payment or provide any personal information, you’ll be giving away enough information for criminals to steal money from you or take out loans in your name.
It may be that the criminal tries to persuade you that your account has been compromised and you need to transfer all your money to a ‘safe’ account to avoid losing it all. No bank or building society will ever ask you to do this.
You never know quite how criminals might use your details to their advantage.
Remember, criminals are experts at impersonating people and organisations. They spend hours researching you, hoping you’ll let your guard down for just a moment.
Stop: taking a moment to stop and think before parting with your money or information could keep you safe.
Challenge: could it be fake? It’s ok to reject, refuse or ignore any requests. Only criminals will try to rush or panic you.
Protect: You can find out more on the Take Five to Stop Fraud website