Police warn of parcel delivery fraud

editorial image
Have your say

POLICE have issued a warning to residents after dozens fell for a bogus email attempting to con them out of cash.

Around 20 people have turned up at Garstang post office after they were sent an email claiming to be from a delivery company and telling them they had a parcel waiting for collection.

The email gives a number residents should call before heading to the post office – but if they dial it they could be hit with a bill of up to £30 a minute.

PCSO John Holland, from Garstang neighbourhood police team, said: “It appears this hoax email is currently circulating in the Wyre area.

“It refers to a specific post office and gives the name of a legitimate courier firm, making it sound quite credible.

“However, deliveries by this company are not taken to the post office if the recipient is not at home – and it would appear this is an email from fraudsters trying to con people out of money.

“(If residents phone the number) we believe they will connected to a premium rate number that will result in a significant charge.

“We would advise people not to ring this number, but if they believe they may have a parcel waiting at the post office, to ring them directly on the number in the telephone book.”

Follow us on twitter @The_Gazette and like our page on facebook to keep up with all the latest news.