‘I’m embarrassed,’ a woman says after falling for a compelling Royal Mail shipping fee fraud.


‘I’m embarrassed,’ a woman says after falling for a compelling Royal Mail shipping fee fraud.

SCAMMERS USING THE ROYAL MAIL have been on the rise for the past year, with many people falling for them as a result of the surge in internet shopping. A woman who was the victim of a heinous hoax has come forward to tell her experience.

Scams involving the Royal Mail can be sent to Britons via email or text, including an overdue postage scam that demands for payment information. Tanja Perez-Williams, a Kent mother of three, has alerted others of a fraud that asked for personal information.

“We ordered some presents from America for Christmas 2020,” Tanja explained.

“We realized we had to pay tax on them when they came. So, on a busy day later, when I was juggling a million things including work, kids, and other responsibilities, I received a text message from what I assumed was the Royal Mail informing me that we owed tax on a delivery.

“OK, I thought to myself, this is doable.

“I followed the link and was prompted to fill out a form, which I did.

“It got to the part where the site asked for your bank information so they could take £1.50 for what I thought was the tax,” she said.

“I knew I shouldn’t be doing this, but I did it anyway, and they deducted £1.50 from my account.”

The website appeared to be real, including Royal Mail branding on it, according to the mother of three.

“A few days later, I got a call from my bank asking if I was in Brighton trying to spend £1,000 in John Lewis, and I replied no, I wasn’t,” she continued.

“We couldn’t even leave the village since it was on lockdown!”

“My bank then alerted me that many transactions, including UberEats, were attempting to leave Brighton.

“Fortunately, the bank intervened and terminated my card, preventing the situation from worsening.

“It makes me feel bad to confess it, but it occurred so quickly, and I know I’m not the only one.”

The Take Five to Stop Fraud Campaign provides tips on how to protect yourself from financial fraud.

The effort, which is led by UK Finance, is being carried out in collaboration with and through a number of partners in the UK payments industry, financial service corporations, law enforcement agencies, communications providers, commercial, public, and third sector organizations.

How can you avoid becoming a victim of a con?

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