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The messages appear to be from couriers like DPD and Royal Mail, stating that they have tried to deliver a parcel and asking you to click a link to reschedule the delivery. The link directs you to an authentic looking website, which asks for your full name, address, date of birth and mobile number. Upon completion of the form, you are then asked to enter full credit card details.
In recent reports the fraudsters have gone a step further as they are calling victims who have passed on their details back some days after the first scam, claiming to be from the victim’s bank. The fraudster claims to be investigating the delivery fraud, saying that there has been an attempt to take money again and that they need to transfer their money to a safe account. Some of the victims have been scammed twice as the fraudsters are able to convince them they are genuine due to having all the original information from the first scam.
It’s important to check the details in the messages and make sure it is genuinely related to an item you have ordered. Remember that a bank will never contact you and ask you to move money to another account.
Visit www.actionfraud.police.uk for advice on avoiding scams.
If you believe that you are a victim of this scam please report online to actionfraud.police.uk or call 0300 123 2040.
Police Community Support Officer
The July-August newsletter from Hillingdon Neighbourhood Watch is available from their website (http://www.hillingdonnhw.co.uk). It contains an interesting article on Test and Trace scams. The website also has lots of useful advice including keeping your bike safe and securing garden sheds.
Unfortunately, criminals will use the existence of this service to exploit every opportunity they can to defraud innocent people of their money, or steal their personal details, and will now seek to use Test and Trace as a vehicle to execute scams on the unwary.
The Metropolitan Police Cyber Crime Unit have therefore issued an advice sheet which you can download from the attached PDF.
NOTE: If you have an elderly neighbour who is not online, then remember that scammers can use telephone methods with great ease on the elderly where health is concerned – so please take the time to print a copy of this single sheet to give to your neighbour.
The latest OWL newsletter can be read here
for advice about SMS/Text message scams that criminals are using during this current crisis.