FRAUD fighters are warning shoppers turning in their droves to online retail not to be taken in by a scam which has cost victims a staggering six figure sum.
Dozens of unsuspecting people have fallen for “phishing” emails purporting to be from delivery company DPD since last summer.
Action Fraud, which monitors trends in scams, said victims had lost £242,000 in the past two months and urged email users to think before they click.
In a message shared by South Yorkshire Police, the fraud experts said: “Action Fraud has seen a surge in reports relating to fake emails and texts purporting to be from DPD.
“The messages claim that DPD was ‘unable to deliver your parcel today’ and provide instructions on how the recipient can arrange another delivery.
“The links in the emails and texts lead to fake websites that are designed to steal money, as well as personal and financial information.
“Victims of this scam have reported losing over £242,000 since June.”
Action Fraud offered the following tips to help people protect themselves against scammers:
If you’re unsure whether the email or text is genuine, then don’t use the link.
Instead, visit the DPD website by entering the official web address directly into your browser’s address bar, or search for it and follow the search results.
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Remember, your bank will never ask you to transfer money to another account, or contact you out of the blue to ask for your PIN or full password.
If you have received an email which you’re unsure about, you can report it by forwarding it to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can report suspicious text messages by forwarding them to 7726.
Visit Actionfraud.co.uk for more advice.