A tidal wave of text scams is sweeping Britain as fraudsters seek to cash in on an online shopping boom.

Millions of people have reported receiving a fake parcel delivery text in recent months, with one of the most common mimicking Royal Mail. And victims caught out by these convincing messages can lose anything from a few pounds to life-changing sums of money.

Recipients are typically asked to pay a modest charge or shipping fee for the delivery of an item, and directed to an online form where they can enter their details.

But in reality, the websites are fake and have been set up by crooks to harvest victims’ personal data, which they can then exploit to steal even more money.

This might involve posing as your bank to trick you into handing over your savings, or stealing your identity to take out loans in your name.

Millions have reported receiving a fake parcel delivery text recently, with one of the most common mimicking Royal Mail (pictured) which can cost victims life-changing sums of cash

Professional criminals operate fraud factories, churning out scam messages to random mobile numbers at speed and in bulk. It costs them little, but makes them hundreds of millions of pounds a year from victims.

These scam texts come in all sorts of different guises. And it is a constantly evolving threat, with crooks adept at keeping up-to-date with current events, such as news emerging about the pandemic.

Text messages will typically copy genuine communications sent by…

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