The text, claiming to be from Royal Mail, states: “Your Royal Mail parcel is awaiting delivery. Please confirm the settlement of £1.99 on the following link.” The message then sends customers to a fake website that resembles the official Royal Mail page, where people are asked for personal and payment details. Scammers then use this to steal identities and money.
Dozens of people have now come forward who have fallen victim to the scam.
Comedian Alan Davies, 55, warned of the fraud online. He said: “They will clone your card and order a £30 meal from Just Eat.”
Some of his followers responded with their stories of receiving the same message.
Twitter user Emmeline Hartley shared her experience of the scam. She said fraudsters used her details to spend £300, while attempting to set up direct debits for different retail stores.
Emmeline said: “I’d been scammed out of every penny I had. Thought I’d post what happened in case it helps anyone avoid being in the same position. I don’t think it’s possible for me to feel any stupider.”
Royal Mail assured customers it would not send such texts, unless requested. A statement said: “If a fee is due on an item we’d leave a grey card to confirm this. We wouldn’t send a text.”