Residents in Gedling borough are being warned about missing parcel delivery cards designed to look like they’re from Royal Mail, but are actually a scam.
The fake cards lack the Royal Mail logo but look almost identical to the ‘something for you’ slips posted through letterboxes when a delivery can’t be made.
To organise a redelivery the cards urge recipients to call a 0208 number, which is not registered to Royal Mail. After ringing the number the automated message asks for your details and consignment number.
A Royal Mail spokesperson said: “The Royal Mail security team is looking into this incident as a matter of urgency. Customers should check delivery cards very carefully to ensure they are genuine, and remain vigilant.
“Although this card is similar to one of our Something For You cards, the Royal Mail logo is crucially missing”.
He added: “Customers should also consider whether they are expecting a delivery from the company named on the card.”
Action Fraud has urged all residents not to call the number provided if in doubt and to get in touch with the centre by using its online fraud reporting tool or calling 0300 123 2040.
Sadly, scam missed delivery card scams are nothing new.
Back in 2015, Action Fraud warned people about scam postcards that were being delivered to UK residents’ homes claiming that a parcel containing “jewellery” was waiting for the homeowner.
The personally-addressed postcards said: “The office is attempting to reach you. To claim this parcel and accept this offer, you must telephone the number below immediately and arrange for a delivery. The item is prepaid, but a processing and delivery free of £10 must be remitted. This fee can be paid only by telephone and only with a credit card (VISA or MasterCard). This is your only notification”