An email has been sent to a vast number of accounts, stating that a package is waiting for the recipient at a Royal Mail Depot, alongside other varieties of message – including one stating that the recipient would be charged five pounds for every day they leave the item at the depot !
Essentially the goal of the emails is to trick the user into clicking onto a dangerous link, which redirects them to a landing page that infects them with a virus from which their PC wont recover !
The Royal Mail has given the following advice to help users ascertain which emails are scams and which are genuine:
- Royal Mail will never send an email asking for credit card numbers or other personal or confidential information.
- Royal Mail will never ask customers to enter information on a page that isn’t part of the Royal Mail website.
- Royal Mail will never include attachments unless the email was solicited by customer e.g. customer has contacted Royal Mail with an enquiry or has signed up for updates from Royal Mail.
- Royal Mail have also stressed that they do not receive a person’s email address as part of any home shopping experience.