Jonathan Creek actor Alan Davies warns of Royal Mail scam ‘Don’t do what it says’

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Jonathan Creek star Alan Davies, 55, warned his fans about a text message which claims its recipient needs to pay an “unpaid shipping fee” in order to receive their parcel. The actor urged his 807,000 followers not to fall for the scam.

He wrote yesterday online: “Hear ye: If you get a text message like this: ‘Royal Mail: Your Package has been held and will not be delivered due to a £1.99 unpaid shipping fee.

“’To pay this now, visit: https://royalmail etc etc’ don’t do what it says, they will clone your card & order a £30 meal from Just Eat.”

Many of his followers revealed they had fallen victim to the scam on his post.

One Twitter user replied: “@alandavies1 I had one this weekend, the thing that concerns me most is where the heck is my number and how is it getting on scammers’ lists.

“To spot fakes with these scams is to know @RoyalMail or any reputable company won’t text from a basic +447 number. Companies pay to send named SMSs.”

A second commented: “Had the same scam. Unfortunately it looks very believable. Be warned!”

A third added: “That font is very believable!”

“I got one and so did my mum – I deleted and blocked the number,” a fourth penned.

Another known scam comes in the form of an email and states: “We attempted to deliver your package at XXX time.”

The sender comes from Royal Mail Delivery and various email addresses are used.

A Royal Mail spokesperson told they are aware of the scams and to visit for advice. 

They said: “Royal Mail will only send email and SMS notifications to customers in cases where the sender has requested this when using our trackable products that offer this service.

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“The only time we would ask customers to make a payment by email or by SMS is in instances where a customs fee is due.

“In such cases, we would also leave a grey card telling customers that there’s a Fee to Pay before we can release the item. This would apply either to an international customs fee or to a surcharge for an underpaid item.

“This card may arrive later than the email or SMS. Royal Mail Group works hard to prevent and detect fraud.

“We work with UK law enforcement agencies, Trading Standards and other organisations to share information and support robust proactive action against scams.”

Alan’s tweet comes after he revealed he had received his Covid vaccine.

The actor shared a selfie of himself pulling a straight face to the camera as he wore a sticker on his head which read: “I’ve had my Covid vaccination.”

He commented: “This me post Astra Zeneca jab. The correct way to wear your sticker incidentally.”(sic)

One of his fans commented: “You’d make a wonderful Doctor Who.”

Agreeing with the comment, he replied: “Troo dat.”(sic)

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