Lancashire residents warned about scam 'post office' email

A SCAM email is targeting people awaiting Christmas parcels, according to Lancashire police.

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau has issued an alert about a scam email being sent out, fraudulently claiming to be from Royal Mail.

The email with the subject header is ‘Mail – Lost/ Missing Package’ reads: “Royal Mail have detained your package. The RM International Mail Branch holding it will notify you of the reason for detention (in writing) and how you can get it released.”

The e-mail is believed to contain a zip file containing a malicious virus.

Tony Ford of Lancashire Constabulary said: “Royal Mail state that they will never send an email asking for personal information, or include attachments unless the email was solicited by a customer.”

Anyone who receives the email is advised not to open the attachment and report it to to the fraud bureau on 0300 123 2040 or at


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