Trading Standards warning over scam parcel texts

Halton Trading Standards is warning consumers about scam text messages pretending to be from parcel firm EVRi.

EVRi is the new name for the parcel firm formerly known as Hermes, the rebrand happened in March 2022.

Although the EVRi name has only been around for a matter of weeks, scammers have started producing EVRi scam text messages (see pic).

Even though the claimed shipping fee is only a modest £1.45, the likeliness is that the scammers are really seeking to acquire and subsequently misuse the consumer bank details.

It is likely that by clicking the link in the text message the consumer stands to lose far more than just £1.45.

Halton Borough Council’s Executive Board Members for Trading Standards, Cllr Martha Lloyd Jones said: “Do not click on the link in the text message. Forward the text message to 7726.

“Forwarding the text message to 7726 will allow your phone provider to investigate the scam text message.

“Most of the phone providers are signed up to this and most do not charge for sending the message to 7726. “

Here is a link to the official EVRi website, it explains about what EVRi scams to look out for and how to protect yourself: https://www.evri.com/cyber-security

If you or somebody you know has been caught out by a scam or fraud please contact one of our specialist officers, Linda or Sue on 0151 511 8785 or 0151 511 8775, who are already working with people in Halton who have lost thousands of pounds to scams.

If you need advice on anything else please contact the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline  or 0808 223 1133

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