Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic opportunistic fraudsters have taken advantage of the current situation to exploit people and they are showing no signs of slowing down. 

Shoppers across the country have become more dependent on parcel delivery services such as Royal Mail, DPD and Hermes while coronavirus infection rates.

However, this change in shopping behaviour has resulted in a new wave of scams thought up by criminals, with the latest warnings advising shoppers to be wary of fake delivery emails and texts from DPD.

Action Fraud says that by December 2020, £242k was lost to fake DPD emails and texts.

This is what you need to know.

What’s the scam?

The scam entails sending a text that claims that DPD attempted to deliver a package to you, but was unable – and there therefore is an outstanding fee to pay for arranging a redelivery.

The message then usually contains a link that instructs victims on how to set up a…

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