Martin Lewis has issued a warning about a new scam where people pose as postal officials. Taking to Twitter, the money-saving expert revealed exactly what to do if you think you’ve been contacted by the scammers.
His tweet read: “Warning. Just got a clever version of the ‘pay £1.99 for parcel post’ scam text, aimed at stealing bank details.” Britons flocked to the comments section of the tweet, with some noting that they had received, and almost fallen in love with, the same scam texts.
The finance guru is helping people cope with the challenges of the cost of living crisis, providing expert financial advice and key advice and tips for cash-strapped Britons. His comment on the cost of living has proven hugely popular, but Mr Lewis is also trying hard to fight the scammers.
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Mr Lewis added: ‘The ‘fee’ is not mentioned in the text, it talks about ‘delays in transit’ and offers ‘a reschedule date’. Only when you click on it does it mention a fee.
Similar scams have popped up in the past involving the Post Office and mentioning missing or delayed packages. However, Mr Lewis pointed out that this new set of fraudulent texts could be even more dangerous, the Express reports.
He said: “It’s smart because it’s transformed and it’s less obvious now.” Twitter user KatieLDN noted that she received the same scam text and nearly got caught.
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She wrote: “I figured it out – off guard at the end of a long day at work. Luckily I timed it before putting in the card details but immediately got a second scam text claiming to be from my bank.
“So even if you realize it, they have a plan to try and scam you a second time as you freak out!” Texting can sound convincing, and for those who have a package going through the post office, it can immediately cause concern.
The message usually includes some variation of the following:
- “Your package has been returned to your local office. Please visit (fraudulent website) to reschedule delivery.
- “We tried to get your item to you today, but received no response. To reschedule, please visit (scam website).
The website links often appear genuine and take victims to a convincing clone of the post office website. These websites are created to last only a few days, this means that there is not enough time to receive enough reports to alert people that this is a suspicious website.
Once on the website, the fishing for information begins innocently enough by asking victims to enter their zip code. However, they are usually asked for their full name, shipping address, email address, date of birth and mobile phone number.
Anyone who receives a scam or suspicious text message can report it to 7726.