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Warning over Royal Mail delivery card scam hitting public with £45 phone call

The national fraud body has warned the public to be on the look out for fraudulent 'Something For You' cards trying to con people into thinking they have a package waiting for them.

Action Fraud has urged the public to remain vigilant about "cards arriving through letterboxes designed to look like they have come from Royal Mail".

The cards are near identical replicas of what would ordinarily arrive when no-one is at home, and a postal worker tries to deliver something that is either too large for a letter box or is being sent through recorded delivery.

Instead of giving the location where the person should go to receive their parcel - the fake delivery notice instead urges the recipient to call a number.

The number the card urges recipients to call starts with '0208' - which indicates a location on the outskirts of London and is not registered with the Royal Mail - with callers then asked to give their details and consignment number by an automated message.

According to individuals who have shared their experiences with the cards on social media, unsuspecting victims could be hit with a charge of £45 for making the call.

In a statement, a spokesperson for the Royal Mail 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.

"Customers should also consider whether they are expecting a delivery from the company named on the card. If any customer thinks they have been a victim of fraud, they should contact Citizens Advice or Action Fraud for advice and guidance."

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