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Warning over 'sophisticated' postal scam in Leicester


Police said the scam has the potential to be 'massive'

Residents and businesses have been warned to be on their guard against a "sophisticated" fraud in Leicester.

Expensive goods are sent to individuals who have had personal details stolen. The scammers then pose as couriers to collect the items and sell them on.

Police said the ruse was convincing as personal information is used on the packages and the individual who collects the goods appears official.

The public are advised not to hand over items to unidentified persons.

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Leicestershire Police described the fraud as "sophisticated" and asked anyone who receives an unexpected package to contact the sender or the police.

Businesses are asked to be especially careful as they are targeted more frequently than householders.

Officers believe that once scammers have retrieved the packages from the victims, the goods are sold online.

Mike James in Leicester was a victim of the scam and said: "If somebody is competent enough to get into your e-mails, how far can they go? What other damage can they do?"

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