With Christmas hot on our heels, so are the amount of deliveries we're receiving, as packages containing gifts arrive thick and fast.

However, this also means that the number of scams shoppers are encountering are on the rise, and Royal Mail customers are no exception.

Unfortunately, a scam has been doing the rounds which is encouraging shoppers to click a fraudulent link by posing as the Royal Mail, and several people have flagged it on social media.

The suspicious text informs people they have a package ready to be collected, and encourages them to click a link to do so.

However when they click the link, they are taken to a website that has a Currys/PC World heading, which claims they have won an iPhone 11 Pro and it will be delivered soon - but only if they hand over their personal details and pay a fee.

The message reads: "There is an item waiting to be collected. You took one of the spots on our Currys' XMAS-List.

"Your iPhone 11 Pro will be delivered within five working days.

"Please confirm your delivery address and pay a small fee (£2.00) for insured shipping."

Taking to Twitter, one social media user flagged the message to Royal Mail.

Responding to the tweet, the official Royal Mail Twitter account said: "Hi, thanks for raising this with us. We're aware of this SMS and are currently investigating. Further info on known scams and how to report them in future can be [found on our website]. Thanks."

If you head to the Royal Mail website you'll be able to find a full list of the scams that the company has officially recognised. Make yourself familiar with them, and if you receive a message which looks suspicious, be sure to report it as soon as possible.

The official Royal Mail advice on spotting a fraudulent email is as follows:

How to spot a fake email

Check at the top. Fraudsters often use subjects or greetings that are impersonal and general, like “Attention Royal Mail Customer”. They may use a forged email address in the “from” field like "[email protected]”. They may even use the Royal Mail logo. None of this guarantees the email has come from us.

The sender, subject and content may change slightly but often they:

Protect your information

If you need any further information, you can contact Royal Mail for help via the website.

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