Hertfordshire Police warn the public to be vigilant as delivery scam hits Christmas shoppers

Shoppers warned to be cautious

Wednesday, 2nd December 2020, 12:49 pm
Updated Wednesday, 2nd December 2020, 12:52 pm

Hertfordshire Police is warning residents to stay vigilant following reports of scam text and email messages which appeared to be from parcel delivery companies.

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.

Hertfordshire Police warn the public to be vigilant as delivery scam hits Christmas shoppers

Detective Inspector Rob Burns, from Hertfordshire Constabulary’s Serious Fraud and Cyber Unit, said: “This scam is very convincing with Christmas a few weeks away and many people are shopping online and waiting for their orders to be delivered.

“It’s important to check the details in the messages and make sure it is genuinely related to an item you have ordered. Does the message use your name, rather than an email address?

"Does it mention the goods or company you have ordered items from? If in doubt do not click the link and contact the vendor directly via their website.

“Please help us to raise awareness by talking about this with your friends and family, especially if they are vulnerable or elderly.”

If you believe that you have been a victim of fraud please report online or call 0300 123 2040.

Alternatively, you can contact herts.police.uk/report,or call 101.

For advice on avoiding scams click here.