Households in the Midlands are among those who have been targeted by a new text scam asking for Royal Mail delivery fees.
The bogus text asks for a £2.99 unpaid shipping fee and provides a website address of royalmail-fees-online.uk or something similar.
But the text and website are not genuine but are designed to get people to put in their personal details.
This type of scam is known as smishing, a combination of SMS (texting) and phishing, a type of cybercrime in which the scammers are fishing for financial or other details.
One man in the West Midlands who received the text told BirminghamLive: “I almost fell for it because I was expecting a parcel that had been ordered recently but seemed to be taking ages to get here.
“For a moment, I genuinely thought it had been held up because the shipping cost hadn’t been paid and it was up to me to pay to get it…