Royal Mail Scams

Essex Police Fraud alert Service newsletter no. 31


The public are being warned to stay alert to a new wave of scam text messages claiming to be from Royal Mail.  

Criminals are taking advantage of the new reliance on online shopping and deliveries to  obtain personal and banking details. This follows on from a similar scam where people  would receive an email telling them that their parcel could not be delivered and they  would have to pay a fee for it to be released. 

The text messages come from a variety of different numbers but all will ask for a small  payment which is accessed by clicking on a link in the message.  Royal Mail have stated that this is not a text that they would send out, they will only send  text messages to those who have opted in to their SMS service.


• Unexpected messages should  be treated with caution 

• Phone numbers can be easily  spoofed by criminals—don’t trust a number just because it appears to come from a genuine organisation.

 • Never click on links sent via email or SMS text message.

This information was provided via Essex Police’s Frauds Alert Service newsletter no. 31.

Free scam alert service

Staying safe advice
Staying Safe Advice

Unfortunately email, text, phone and social media scams are on the rise. People are falling victim every day with scammers stealing billions of pounds. Which? is aiming to arm the public with the knowledge of how to spot and avoid scams.

Which?’s free scam alerts are regular email updates on the latest scams. They also include
practical advice and next steps for victims.

The latest alert included information about a fake Covid-19 vaccine text that’s been circulating. It unpicks the scam, what to look out for and how to protect yourself if you’ve been targeted.

If you are interested in signing up to Which?’s free Scam Alert service click here.

Protect your car

Protect your car
Steps to protect your car

‘Car crime remains a pressing problem in the UK – alarmingly, one car is stolen every ten minutes.

The vast majority of car crimes happen through unlocked cars, parked in badly lit areas and where there are visible items to steal. 

Remember these simple steps to keep your car safe… leave it locked, lit and empty.  For more top tips visit

Protect Your Pooch

Neighbourhood Watch’s Protect Your Pooch poster

In response to the increased fear of pet theft, Neighbourhood Watch has launched the PROTECT YOUR POOCH campaign. 

The campaign will run on social media from 17th – 30th May but those who do not use social media can support the campaign by displaying this poster in their community, or attending our online Dog Theft webinar on the 27th May at 5pm.  The webinar will be led by Neighbourhood Watch Network with speakers from the Met Police and Crimestoppers, as well as special guest speaker Katy Bourne, PCC for Sussex. To book your place, click here.

The PROTECT YOUR POOCH campaign encourages people to keep their pets SECURE, IN SIGHT and SEARCHABLE, and to HELP MAKE PET THEFT A SPECIFIC CRIMINAL OFFENCE.  The Met Police and Crimestoppers are backing our SECURE, IN SIGHT and SEARCHABLE message.  More information on the campaign can be found on

You can support the campaign by acting on our advice and sharing our messages in the following ways:

  1. Follow us on Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / LinkedIn and share our campaign posts
  2. Print this poster and display it in your community
  3. Share this campaign image on your local Whatsapp groups
  4. Help make pet theft a specific criminal offence by signing a petition or writing to your MP. Find out more on
  5. Attend the online Dog Theft webinar on 27th May, 5pm. Book your place here.

About guest speaker Katy Bourne, PCC for Sussex
Katy Bourne is in her third term as Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Sussex. She was first elected in 2012, re-elected in 2016 and again in 2021.  The PCC’s role is to hold the Chief Constable to account for the performance of the Force; effectively making the police answerable to the communities they serve.

Katy is responsible for setting the strategic direction and priorities for Sussex Police through the Police & Crime Plan. This includes setting the police budget and local police precept – the amount residents pay for policing in their council tax. She also has a statutory duty to deliver community safety initiatives including Restorative Justice and crime reduction grants, along with commissioning support services for victims of crime.

Her genuine passion and commitment to making a difference has won her praise from successive Home Secretaries and Prime Ministers and in June 2019 she was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

For anybody who wishes to have a PROTECT YOUR POOCH campaign pack, please email

Keep safe,

Reporting Harmful Content

Staying safe advice
Staying Safe Advice

Report Harmful Content (RHC) is a UK wide reporting centre provided by the UK Safer Internet Centre. It is operated by South West Grid for Learning (SWGfL). It was designed to help people report harmful online content. RHC does this by giving up to date information on social media community standards. It also gives direct links to the correct reporting facilities across different platforms.

You can find more information at the Reporting Harmful Content website

This information was provided via the UK Safer Internet Centre’s e-bulletin. You can also find online safety tips, advice and resources to help children and young people stay safe online on the UKSIC website.