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Christmas text scam

Alert message sent 18/12/2019 13:01:00

Information sent on behalf of Neighbourhood Watch

Several members of the public have reported receiving a scam text from Royal Mail telling them they’ve won a new iPhone11.
Royal Mail customers say the seemingly genuine text message tells them there is an item waiting to be collected by them, with a hyperlink included in the text.
The seasonal scam message reads: “You took one of the spots on our Currys XMAS-list.”
When users click the link, they are redirected to a website that has the heading of Currys/PC World, which asks them to enter a few personal details. The site then shows an alert which says:
“Your chosen iPhone 11 Pro can be delivered inside 5 working days.
“Please confirm your delivery address and pay a small fee (£2.00) for insured shipping.”
Some users reported that when they click the confirm button at the bottom of the site they are taken to another website called “winanticipation” where they are asked for their card details to pay a small fee of £1 to receive the prize.
Several users took to Twitter to voice their concerns.
One person tweeted: “Hi there @RoyalMail. I received the below text from you today – is it a scam? If I follow it through it goes to a @curryspcworld prize!”
Another wrote: “@RoyalMailHelp, is this some sort of new scam or a new feature you guys have introduced?
“It’s not the first thing I’ve gotten a text like this from an alleged Royal Mail number.”
Royal Mail responded to people on Twitter by saying it was “aware of the SMS and is currently investigating.”​​​​​​​
Message sent by
Maggie Lewis (NHWN, Multi Scheme Administrator, Oxford Local Policing Area)

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