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Fraudsters use delivery scam to target same victims twice



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Hertfordshire police have received a flurry of reports about fraudsters targeting the same victims twice in a parcel delivery scam.

In the first instance, the victims are sent phoney texts and emails from parcel delivery companies like DPD and Royal Mail. They are told an attempt has been made to deliver a parcel and they are asked to click a link to reschedule the delivery.

This directs them to a website where the victims are asked to provide their full name, address, date of birth, mobile number and credit card details to arrange this. Money is then stolen from their accounts.

In recent reports, the fraudsters have gone one step further. Several days after initially scamming their victims, they contact them again and claim to be calling from their bank and purport to be investigating the delivery fraud.

The crooks allege there has been another attempt to take their money and that they need to transfer their money to a safe account.

Police confirm that some of these victims have been scammed twice as the fraudsters are able to convince them they are genuine as they have all their personal information from the first scam.

A Hertfordshire Constabulary spokesman said: "Remember that a bank will never contact you and ask you to move money to another account."

Visit the Action Fraud website for further advice on avoiding scams. Victims should report incidents to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040.



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