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Royal Mail and Action Fraud urge public to be aware of fake missed delivery cards amid scam warnings

Households have been targeted by fake "something for you" delivery cards

Warnings have been issued over fake missed delivery cards being posted through letterboxes.

A number of households have been targeted by a scam which sees unofficial "something for you" cards urge the recipient to call an 0208 number.

The warning comes amid reports from the Birmingham Mail that online users have been charged £45 for calling the number.

In the wake of this, Royal Mail and Action Fraud are urgently warning households to be aware of the fake missed delivery cards.

The cards lack the official Royal Mail logo but aside from this look almost identical to the real "something for you" slips that are posted through homes when a delivery can't be made.

Recipients are then told to call an 0208 number to reorganise the delivery.

But the number is not actually registered to the Royal Mail.

After ringing the number the automated message asks for your details and consignment number.

Royal Mail says the key to spotting fake cards is the lack of the official Royal Mail logo.

A Royal Mail spokesperson said: “The Royal Mail security team is looking into this incident as a matter of urgency.

"Customers should check delivery cards very carefully to ensure they are genuine, and remain vigilant.

"Although this card is similar to one of our Something For You cards, the Royal Mail logo is crucially missing.

"Customers should also consider whether they are expecting a delivery from the company named on the card."

Anyone in doubt should not call any number provided, or give out any financial or personal details, and contact Action Fraud.

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