Herts police issue parcel warning after scammers target residents
Police are warning Hertfordshire residents to beware of scam text messages and emails which purport to be from parcel delivery companies.
They appear to be from businesses like DPD and Royal Mail, stating a courier has tried to make a delivery and asking householders to click a link to reschedule it.
This directs victims to an authentic-looking website which asks for their full name, address, date of birth and mobile number. Upon completion of the form, they are then asked to enter credit card details.
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 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, but 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 you have been a victim of fraud, report it online via www.actionfraud.police.uk or call 0300 123 2040.