‘They seemed genuine’: Woman loses thousands in parcel text scam


Video report by Granada Reports correspondent Tim Scott

A woman who lost thousands to fraudsters after she was targeted by a text scam is warning others to be on their guard for seemingly innocent messages.

Claire, not her real name, lost £3,000 to the scammers after she fell victim to a message informing her she had a parcel waiting to be delivered.

She now has little prospect of getting her money back.

There has been a sharp rise in scam text messages claiming to be from Royal Mail or other delivery companies.

According to Which?, in the North West, 60% of people say they have received one or more scam messages claiming to be from a delivery company in the past year.

Fake post office texts were the most common with 70% of people saying they had received one.

Unfortunately 1 in 30 people have lost money as a…

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