Police are warning residents to be on their guard against a Royal Mail scam.
Officers at Derbyshire Police have been alerted to an email being circulated, which fraudulently claims to be from the Royal Mail.
The scam email states that the company is holding an item for the victim, with the subject header often saying ‘mail – lost/missing package’.
People are asked to open up an attachment and fill in a form to receive their parcel.
Police are urging the public not to open the attachments, which are believed to contain a zip file with a malicious virus.
Detective Inspector Rob King, Head of the Derbyshire Constabulary’s Economic Crime Unit, said: “From time to time we receive alerts from our fraud prevention partners alerting us to current and predicted trends of scams.
“Although we are unaware of any cases in Derbyshire it is really important for us to get the message out in to the public to raise awareness and prevent future victims of this type of fraud.”
The Royal Mail is aware of the scam and said it would never email customers asking for credit card numbers or other personal or confidential information.
Visit www.royalmail.com for more details of the scam and advice.