Make sure you don’t fall victim to this scam (Photo: Gareth Fuller/PA WIRE)

Royal Mail customers have taken to social media to share examples of scammers using highly “sophisticated tactics” to defraud the public.

These tactics involve posing as the Royal Mail, with a “highly convincing” text currently making the rounds – the text claims to have been sent from the Royal Mail and says that the recipient must pay a shipping fee in order to receive their delivery.

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‘Highly convincing’

The text message in question says: “Royal Mail: Your package has been held and will not be delivered due to a £1.99 unpaid shipping fee.”

Another similar version of this text also reads: “Royal Mail: Please pay your dispatch fee immediately at https://www.scotsman.com/read-this/what-you-need-to-know-about-the-highly-convincing-royal-mail-scam-targeting-shoppers-3236434 or your letter will be returned to sender.”

Both versions provide a link for the recipient to click in order to pay their fee, which is a scam…

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