In the past couple of weeks, most of the populace living in the suburbs of London is complaining of a cyber fraud in which all their earnings were drained out by a Royal Mail text that had a malicious link. What’s interesting about the scam is that even the law enforcement cannot intervene in the issue to get refunds back from the bank.
Cybersecurity Insiders has learnt that millions of people across UK have received a message that is leading to a money draining fraud with an estimate of victims loosing over ₤479 million.
Even the National Crime Agency is not in a position to put an end to this cyber fraud, as it is finding it difficult to track down the culprits in the current situation.
Now, to those uninitiated, the scam is taking place interestingly. First, the scamsters are sending text messages to victims and requesting them to make a payment on the link provided in the text message. And as the message appears to be from parcel service Royal Mail, most of the victims are doing as said in the text message because of their sheer innocence, only to learn later that it was a cyber fraud.
Later, say after a couple of days, a caller posing as a bank official is seen calling the victim to say that they have become a victim to a cyber fraud on a recent note and asking the victims to transfer residue money in the account to a safe account–thus siphoning all their hard earned money by making them transfer to a fraudulent account.
When contacted, a spokesperson from Royal Mail stated that it was a scam where hackers are seen using the British Multinational Postal service name to tap in the victims.
Actress Emmeline Hartley of UK has become the latest victim of the said scam as she lost ₤1250 to the latest fraud. And she posted her experience on a social media platform to help other online users stay safe from such terrible digital experiences.
The banking ombudsman of Britain has taken a note of the fraud and has started an investigation.