Martin Lewis has said there is an epidemic of scams in the UK, but fraudsters are getting off “scot-free”.

The MoneySavingExpert founder labelled the latest Royal Mail scam “twisted genius”.

That scam involves fraudsters telling Royal Mail customers they must pay a delivery fee in order to receive their parcel.

It reads: “Royal Mail: Your Package Has A £2.99 Shipping Fee, To Pay This Now Please Visit: uk-royal-mail-fees.com action will be taken if you do not pay this fee.”

Similar text message scams read: “Your Royal Mail parcel is waiting for delivery. Please confirm the settlement of £2.99 (GDP) on the following link.”

The latest Royal Mail scam targets people sending out parcels for delivery

Martin Lewis told The Guardian: “The impact of fraud on victims is appalling.

“As well as potentially being life-destroying financially, it has a huge impact on self-esteem and mental health.”

He added:…

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