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Asda shoppers warned after scammers pretend to sell Christmas delivery slots

Brits have been warned against buying delivery spaces from people claiming to have “bulk booked” them.

The scam was brought to light by a post circulated on Twitter.

An Asda shopper claimed to have reserved 23 time slots – and attempted to flog them for £15.

They wrote: “So I have bulk booked 23 time slots in Asda Pentwyn to have a food delivery over the next four days.

“I don’t need them all so I am selling each time slot for £15 each.

“If you’re interested please comment below and I will sell you a slot. Merry Christmas one and all."

The post sparked outrage as many feared “selfish” shoppers were bulk booking time slots.

But Asda has since confirmed it “is not possible” to take so many spaces.

Even if you have 23 email addresses there are other details you must input to clarify whether purchases are legitimate.

For this reason, it’s likely the post was a scam.

This isn’t the only way fraudsters are trying to rip Brits off during the festive season.

Royal Mail customers are urged to beware of fake emails.

Bogus messages are being sent to punters asking them to pay a redelivery fee of £1.99.

To do this, some have handed over bank details to criminals who pretended to complete transactions.

Digital privacy expert at ProPrivacy Ray Walsh said: "Anybody who receives an email claiming to be from the Royal Mail must remember that they will not ever be asked to pay a redelivery fee.

"Never input your bank or card information after following a link on any emails that claims it is from the Royal Mail, because it will result in your card details being stolen by criminals.

"If you have reason to believe that you may have been tricked, it is essential that you contact your bank and cancel your card at once, additionally check your statements for any signs of unauthorised transactions."

The Royal Mail has offered further advice for those who think they could be getting tricked.

A statement on its website said: "If you receive a suspicious email or discover a Royal Mail branded website which you think is fraudulent, please let us know by contacting us.

"If you have been the victim of a payment scam, you can get a crime reference number by reporting it to your local police station."

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