A retired police officer was left “devastated and embarrassed“ when scammers posing as the Royal Mail conned him out of 3,000.
The man, who wanted to be known only as Alan, said he thought the con-artists were “legitimate and credible“ when he spoke to them on the phone.
He had fallen prey to a scam text message that claimed a parcel was awaiting delivery.
Royal Mail has confirmed it would never send such a text message.
Victims receive a text purporting to be from the company which reads: “Your Royal Mail parcel is awaiting delivery. Please confirm the settlement of 1.99 (GBP) on the following link“.