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Postal Scam (moved from General board)

I have just received the following email from my son, so thought I would use this forum to warn you all.

Please be aware of the following postal scam:


"The Trading Standards Office have brought the following scam to a partner
agency's attention:
A card is posted through your door from a company called PDS (Parcel
Delivery Service) suggesting that they were unable to deliver a parcel and
that you need to contact them on 0906 6611911 (a premium rate number). DO NOT call this number as this is a mail scam originating from Belize.

If you call this number and you start to hear a recorded message you will
already have been billed 15 for the phone call.

If you do receive a card with these details, then please contact Royal Mail
Fraud on 0207 239 6655 or ICTIS (the premium rate service regulator) at
http://www.icstis.org.uk or your local trading standards office.

This is a genuine scam.
This service is under investigation by ICSTIS.

Please be aware of this scam and forward this information to as many as possible.

Regards,
Debbie Edmonds
Communications & Reassurance Officer
J1 CSB
Brierley Hill Police Station
Bank Street
Brierley Hill
DY5 3DH

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Re: Postal Scam (moved from General board)

There's a similar thing to this going around on the phones. We were caught out the first time. We came home to find a message on the answerphone saying something like "We have a message for you from <some name sounding like a delivery service>. Please phone XXXX-XXXXX." As we were awaiting some parcels we were caught out. When we called, you're put in a queue and then get some waffle about trying to sell you timeshares (or whatever the equivalent is).

We complained to BT and everyone else we could find. Fortunately it wasn't an expensive call but it is still a scam.

A couple of times since then we have had a similar call. But each time we've been in. When you answer the phone, all you get is a voice saying "We have a message for you... please phone... etc". In other words it's a recording being sent to every number they have in the hope that they get your answerphone so you get conned into phoning them back when you get home.

These people are the scum of the Earth.
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