Police issue another warning about scams after a Nottinghamshire woman was conned out of nearly £10,000
Police have issued another warning about scams after a woman was conned out of nearly £10,000.
There has been a rise in the reporting of fraudsters sending text messages posing as Royal Mail or DPD delivery services to target people's cash.
Messages typically ask the victim to pay an unpaid fee and follow a link to a website asking for card details.
Once the victim inputs their information in, their accounts could potentially be hacked.
One Nottinghamshire woman sadly fell for the scam and lost £9,400. The victim received a text and clicked the link to enter her bank details.
She then received a phone call from an unknown suspect claiming to be from the fraud department at her bank. The caller informed the victim there had been fraudulent activity on her account.
The scammer confirmed this could rectified and managed to convince the woman to log into her account and transfer funds to another.
Detective Sergeant Anna Haynes from the fraud triage and cyber team said: “With the increased use of online shopping during the national lockdown people are using delivery services more and more. If you are expecting a delivery this scam text message would not necessarily raise alarm bells.
“Always use the carriers tracking service to check on the delivery status for your goods or contact the supplier to query whether your delivery has been missed or whether this could be a scam.
"This recent case has been reported to Action Fraud and we hope the victim will be able to work with her bank to obtain a refund.
"Please be vigilant if you receive any email or text message asking you to take action, always take five minutes to think whether this is genuine before you click on any link.
“If you are suspicious do not give out any personal information and ignore the message.
"If you are worried then please contact Nottinghamshire Police on 101 and ask to speak to colleagues in the control room.
"No bank or company will ever call you out of the blue asking for personal information, including bank account details.
"We are urging people to share this amongst friends and family. Not everyone has access to the internet, so people do tell neighbours and relatives about these types of scams.
"If you receive a phone call like this please report it directly to Action Fraud."
You can report fraud online via the Action Fraud website at www.actionfraud.police.uk/ or call on 0300 123 2040.