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Post Office text scam is back! New message is so convincing it’s hard not to be tricked

Post Office scams aren’t anything new but this latest message arriving on phones is one of the most elaborate yet. iPhone and Android users are being targeted by the new threat via a simple text message which says, “Post Office: Your parcel has been redirected to your local branch due to an unpaid shipping fee.” This is followed by a clickable link that uses the post office address to make it appear like the real deal.

Of course, we’ve all seen these messages arrive in our inbox before but where this one is so clever is that the website embedded in the link takes you to something that looks so real it’s easy to be duped.

To see just how simple it is to be fooled, Express.co.uk visited the website and, using a fake name and address, we went through each step of the scam to see exactly what data the thieves are trying to gain from unsuspecting Post Office customers.

Right from the start, the whole scam looks totally genuine with the official Post Office logo appearing, slick animations popping up and even the font looking just like the real thing.

The first Window you’ll see features a very simple message asking for your postcode to check for the missed delivery.

Once you’ve handed over that information you’ll then be asked for your name and the full delivery address.

At this point, Express.co.uk added a completely fictional name and address and, guess what? The system revealed that a parcel had been found and was waiting to be delivered.

And here’s where things get serious as the next piece of the form starts asking some very personal questions including date of birth and mobile number.

Once that data is added, users are then asked to select a date for redelivery which, again, all looks incredibly genuine.

Finally, you’ll see a page asking for a charge of £2.39 to be paid to receive the parcel and a form wanting full banking details to be added including a card number, CVV security code, account number and sort code.

Anyone falling for this trick will have then, unwittingly, handed over everything a cyber criminal needs to make fraudulent purchases. It’s scary stuff.

The Post Office says that anyone receiving a suspicious email, text message, telephone call or discover a Royal Mail branded website which they think is fraudulent, should report it to [email protected]

If you have been the victim of a payment scam, you can get a crime reference number by reporting it to your local Police station.

And if you have clicked on a link, provided any personal data like your bank account details on a website or over the phone or you’re concerned that you’ve been compromised, you should also report the scam to Action FraudOpens in a new window, the national fraud reporting centre.

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'Do not click on this link' Lloyds Bank customers urged to watch out for convincing scam

The scammers are using a sophisticated text message tactic in an effort to try get hold of personal and financial details. Aware that many people being familiar with getting text messages from their bank, the fraudsters are purporting to be from different banks, sending a similar type of message to the legitimate ones.

Beside the photograph, the Twitter user penned: “Scam alert. If u get this message and if you are a #LloydsBank customer do not click on the link #LloydsBank #scam.”

Another person shared a similar message which they had received.

Thankfully, they were instantly aware that it wasn’t a genuine message, due to not being a Lloyds Bank customer.

“Just so you know @LloydsBank Received text today – looks pretty convincing but I’m not a customer of yours so know it’s a scam. Reported to 7726,”(sic) they wrote.

DON’T MISS

This particular message sent from the fraudsters read: “Lloyds Bank: A payment was attempted from a NEW DEVICE on 07/06 at 13:46:18.

“If this was NOT you please visit: [website link].”

The bank responded to the tweet, expressing thanks for reporting the message.

“Please don’t reply or click on the link,” the tweet continued.

CHALLENGE

“Could it be fake? It’s ok to reject, refuse or ignore any requests. Only criminals will try to rush or panic you.

PROTECT

“If you have provided personal details to someone over the phone and you now believe this to be a scam, contact your bank, building society and credit card company immediately and report it to Action Fraud at www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.

“You can also contact CIFAS to apply for protective registration.

“This means extra checks will be carried out when a financial service, such as a loan, is applied for using your address and personal details, to verify its you and not a fraudster.”

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Louis Partridge looks convincing as Sid Vicious on set of new Sex Pistols drama

Author: Dorothy Howbrook
This post originally appeared on Showbiz – The Scottish Sun

ACTOR Louis Partridge looks so convincing as Sex Pistol Sid Vicious you’d be forgiven for thinking the musician’s death was a Great Rock ’N’ Roll Swindle.

Louis, 17, plays the bassist in Danny Boyle’s new six-part drama about the punk band.

Louis Partridge on set as Sex Pistol Sid Vicious

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Louis Partridge on set as Sex Pistol Sid ViciousCredit: CLICK NEWS AND MEDIA

The young star looks uncannily like the real Sid Vicious, pictured here with girlfriend Nancy Spungen

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The young star looks uncannily like the real Sid Vicious, pictured here with girlfriend Nancy SpungenCredit: Getty – Contributor

He was filming in Deal, Kent, with Emma Appleton who plays Sid’s girlfriend Nancy Spungen.

Jacob Slater portrays Paul Cook, Anson Boon takes on Johnny Rotten and Toby Wallace kits up as Steve Jones.

They were filming in a theatre which staged the band’s last performance for the children of striking firefighters.

Based on the memoir of Sex Pistol bassist Steve Jones, Danny Boyle has described the Sex Pistols emergence in the mid-70s as the moment that British society and culture changed for ever.

But Johnny Rotten himself isn’t so sweet on the film – who branded the biopic “disrespectful s**t” amid threats to take legal action against its production.

Emma Appleton plays Sid’s girlfriend Nancy Spungen

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Emma Appleton plays Sid’s girlfriend Nancy SpungenCredit: Getty

The crew were filming in a theatre which staged the band’s last performance for the children of striking firefighters

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The crew were filming in a theatre which staged the band’s last performance for the children of striking firefightersCredit: Getty Images – Getty

The new drama is based on the memoir of Sex Pistol bassist Steve Jones

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The new drama is based on the memoir of Sex Pistol bassist Steve JonesCredit: Getty

Anson Boon and Jacob Slater were also spotted filming the new drama

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Anson Boon and Jacob Slater were also spotted filming the new dramaCredit: Getty

Anson Boon, pictured, takes on the role of Johnny Rotten

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Anson Boon, pictured, takes on the role of Johnny RottenCredit: Getty

Magenta Devine interviews Sex Pistols front man Johnny Rotten 1987 interview for Network 7