Don’t fall for it – Fake Correos scam!

Fake Correos scam

PHISHING: Fake Correos emails could get your address and bank details.

A FAKE Correos email currently doing the rounds nearly caught out Euro Weekly News reporter Linda Hall.

“I received an authentic-looking email from Correos, informing me that they had been unable to deliver a packet because the address was incomplete,” she said.


“Last attempt at free delivery.  To receive it tomorrow, please give the full address and pay €1.36 delivery costs,” Linda was told.

There was a long reference number, the Correos logo and an attachment with a PDF file.

“There was very tempting link to click on, and I very nearly did, as my sister had recently sent me a parcel from England,” she said. “But then I thought, ‘Hang on.  There’s something fishy here’.”

“Fishy it certainly was, although it was Phishy with a capital P”, Linda said.

“The email was sent to an old email address that I very rarely use, and has my sister needed to give an email address – which she didn’t – she would have given the newer one.”

She Googled Estafa Correos paquete sin entregar and discovered that her suspicions were founded, with Policia Nacional warnings about a phishing scam.

The sting first surfaced as text messages last December, coinciding with Black Friday and Christmas online purchases before branching out into what looked like Correos emails.

“It’s clever, as no-one would think twice about paying €1.36, and that way they get your address and bank details,” Linda said.  “And I might have fallen for it if they’d used the right email address.”

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Linda came to Spain to live when she was 24, just over 52 years ago, and her husband is Spanish. She began writing for English-language local newspapers in the mid-1970s and hasn’t stopped since! She leads a Spanish life, which she believes is vital when conveying the news to English-speaking residents, and along the way she produced two editions of Expand Your Spanish, helping English-speakers to enlarge their knowledge of the language. She was excited to be in at the birth of the Euro Weekly News in 1999 and is still passionately writing for the paper 22 years later.


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