People are being warned about ‘something for you’ cards arriving through letterboxes designed to look like they have come from Royal Mail.

The cards, which lack the Royal Mail logo, look almost identical to the slips that are posted through homes when a delivery can’t be made.

Action Fraud says to organise a redelivery the cards urge recipients to call a 0208 number, which is not registered to Royal Mail.

After ringing the number the automated message asks for your details and consignment number.

Reports suggest victims have then been left with a £45 phone bill after making the call.

A Royal Mail spokesman said: “The Royal Mail security team is looking into this incident as a matter of urgency.

"Customers should check delivery cards very carefully to ensure they are genuine, and remain vigilant.

"Although this card is similar to one of our Something For You cards, the Royal Mail logo is crucially missing.

"Customers should also consider whether they are expecting a delivery from the company named on the card.”

Action Fraud says if in doubt, do not call the number provided, give your card details or personal information and get in contact with them by calling 0300 123 2040.

The site adds real Royal Mail ‘something for you’ cards look like this

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