Police warning over online Christmas parcel scam where crooks fraudulently claim to be from Royal Mail

Computer scam warning issued
Computer scam warning issued

Police are urging the public to remain vigilant following the circulation of a fraudulent scam in the run up to Christmas.

Detectives have been alerted to a scam where by offenders are circulating a malicious email fraudulently claiming to be from the Royal Mail.

The scam email states that the company is holding an item for the victim with the subject header often saying ‘Mail – lost/missing package’.

The person is then asked to open up an attachment and fill in the form to receive their parcel.

Police are urging the public not to open these attachments as it is believed that it contains a zip file with a malicious virus.

Detective Inspector Rob King, Head of the Derbyshire Constabulary Economic Crime Unit, said: “From time to time we receive alerts from our fraud prevention partners alerting us to current and predicted trends of scams.

“Although we are unaware of any cases in Derbyshire it is really important for us to get the message out in to the public to raise awareness and prevent future victims of this type of fraud.”

The Royal Mail is aware of the scam and is taking action to protect customers from these fraudsters.