Rotherham parcel delivery scam warning

SOUTH Yorkshire Police’s fraud team has issued a warning over a parcel delivery scam affecting addresses in the region.

Victims have bought items like phones and games consoles from social media platforms and been sent a fake payment message or PayPal approval.

While genuine addresses are being supplied as the delivery address, the parcels are being directed to a nearby Post Office or intercepted en route, allowing the scammer to get their hands on the goods without paying.

The advice from SYP’s fraud co-ordination team is to check your account balance after paying for items, and to pay insurance before items - particularly those of a high value.

Det Sgt Sam Erabadda said: "While the addresses being used in this scam are often based within South Yorkshire, we are aware of a number of reports from across the country of people who have fallen victim to this scam.

"If you purchase any goods via social media, never post the item until you've received payment. Be aware of fake payment notifications from companies such as PayPal - scammers can make confirmation emails, texts and webpages look really convincing.

“I’d really encourage everyone to continue to spread the word about scams like this, and ensure their loved ones know to be vigilant. Stopping others from potentially falling victim can save people both financial loss and the hurt of being tricked by those willing to take advantage of others.”

If you think you have been a victim of this scam, report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or go online to https://www.actionfraud.police.uk.