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Warning over 'Royal Mail' email scam

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Humberside Police are warning people to beware of a new email scam by criminals claiming to be from Royal Mail. They've targeted businesses and personal users, persuading the victim to click on a link within the email that infects their computer with CryptoLocker ransomware.

The ransomware encrypts the victim’s system and a window appears requesting a payment, to be made in Bitcoins, in order to decrypt the files. Often it warns that unless between £300 to £360 is paid immediately, the cost will rise to £600 to £660.

The emails sent fall into two types:

It states Royal Mail is holding a letter and there will be a £5 per day charge if it is not collected. The email then instructs the victim to click on a link to get it resent, but instead the link infects the operating system with the ransomware. The second form of email states a parcel could not be delivered and is awaiting collection. A link on the email is provided for more information. This takes the victim to what looks like part of the Royal Mail website, where the victim is asked to enter a code – believed to be in the original email.

Once this is entered, the victim is instructed to download an application. Instead, the ransomware is downloaded.

“There are a number of simple steps you can take to protect yourself from scams like this.

“Look at who the email is addressed to. Is it generic or has it been specifically addressed to you? It also pays to look at the sender’s address. Does it seem legitimate?

“Take a closer look at the quality of the images included. Are they good enough to have come from Royal Mail?

“Never open attachments from unsolicited emails, no matter who they appear to be from.

“Even if an email appears to be from a legitimate company, don’t click on any links supplied. Go to the firm’s website and log in from there.”

– Michael Wood from the force Major Crime Unit

Stamps mark 75th anniversary of Battle of Britain

Royal Mail is issuing six special stamps to mark the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

A Royal Mail van from Birch Park delivery office, near RAF Boulmer, will feature an image of one of the stamps along with a selection of other locations close to RAF.

The Battle of Britain took place over the summer and autumn of 1940 and saw the Royal Air Force and the German Luftwaffe contest the world’s first independent and decisive air campaign in the skies over England. The Battle of Britain would change the course of the Second World War – and with it, the course of history.

The six stamps feature photographs from this period, showing some of the many aspects of the battle and the service personnel involved, including pilots, ground crew, observers and Operations Room staff.

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Royal Mail launches Sunday opening

Royal Mail is launching a pilot of Sunday opening at around 100 of its delivery offices across the UK from today.

Royal Mail's network of around 1,400 delivery offices is currently open six days a week. The initiative will extend the opening of delivery offices with the highest parcels volumes across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to seven days a week.

In addition, 1,600 Post Office branches are also now open on a Sunday.

Delivery offices taking part in the Sunday opening pilot include:

Birch Park Delivery Office YO30, YO31, YO32, YO41 & YO91

Grimsby Delivery Office DN31, DN32, DN33, DN34, DN35,

Halifax Delivery Office HX1, HX2, HX3, HX4, HX5 & HX6

Hull City Delivery Office HU1, HU2, HU3, HU5, HU8, HU9

Lincoln Delivery Office LN1, LN2, LN3 ,LN4, LN5 & LN6

Sheffield South East Delivery Office S12 & S13

Sheffield North Delivery Office

York Central Delivery Office YO1, YO10, YO19, YO23, YO24,

Post service to resume for cut off pensioner

Enid has not had any post in over a year

A Calderdale pensioner who's had no post for more than a year is to have her deliveries resumed.

Royal Mail suspended deliveries to 82 year old Enid Sugden's home at Sowerby after a post woman fell on what they say is a dangerous pathway to her cottage.The company now say Mrs Sugden has agreed to install a postbox at one end of the path so postal deliveries can resume.

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Royal Mail sorting depot hire extra hands to deal with Christmas rush

Over 200 extra seasonal workers have been taken on at Sheffield's Mail Centre to cope with the Royal Mail's busiest time of the year.

The centre in Brightside handles 2.6 million items every 24 hours and works round the clock to ensure all Christmas parcels and cards are delivered on time.

Calendar's Martin Fisher went to see how they were coping with the Christmas rush

Extra staff brought in to deal with postal pressure

Royal Mail's Sheffield depot in full swing Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Over two hundred extra seasonal workers have been taken on at Sheffield's Mail Centre to cope with the Royal Mail's busiest time of the year.

The centre in Brightside handles 2.6 million items every 24 hours and works round the clock to ensure all Christmas parcels and cards are delivered on time.

And this year promises to be one of its busiest ever as on line shopping sees more parcels coming through the depot.

Manager Jon Adams said: "We are very experienced at running Christmas so pre-plan a lot and bring in a lot of resources.

"Certainly parcel growth from on-line retailers has driven a lot of volume through our network but we still have a lot of Christmas cards to deal with."

And Jon reminded people that last post this year for second class mail is December 18th with first class on December 20th.

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