Warning put out over Royal Mail scam job

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FRAUDSTERS are sending out virus-infected emails that claim a package has been seized by HM Revenue & Customs.

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau has put out a warning about official-looking scam emails claiming to be from Royal Mail.

The email contains a link to a document which will install malicious software on computers designed to steal credentials such as account names, email addresses and passwords.

An example email reads: ‘Royal Mail is sorry to inform you that a package addressed to you was seized by HM Revenue & Customs upon arrival into the United Kingdom.

‘A close inspection deemed your items as counterfeit and the manufacturers have been notified.

‘If your items are declared genuine then they will be returned back to you with the appropriate custom charges.’

A statement said that Royal Mail will never send an email asking for credit card numbers or other personal or confidential information. Report fraud to 0300 123 2040.

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