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    Parcel Scam

    I've just receive this email from a business friend who works for an international Company.

    "Subject: FW: Parcel Scam

    This is a genuine warning, which you might not have already heard about.

    The Trading standards Office have brought the following scam to our 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 the 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 02072396655 or ICTIS (the premium rate service regulator) at 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."

    I think they are mainly targeting large businesses but you never know. I don't think that they care who they get their £15 charge from.

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    Thanks for the heads up palspal... Scary stuff. Could easily catch a lot of people out,

    wow thanks for the warning

    You cannot be charged £15 for a phone call as far as I'm aware.
    This one of those hoax hoax's going around, many times before, I'll find a link.

    EDIT:

    This is what the ictis website says about that number:

    This is what we know about the number you entered (09066611911).

    We have the following information about this number.[LIST]
    [*]This is a card posted through your letter box from PDS Parcel Delivery suggesting that they were unable to deliver a parcel and to call the premium rate number in question. This service costs £1.50 per minute from BT landlines (Higher rates may apply if the call is made through a different phone network).
    [*]This service is under investigation by ICSTIS.[/LIST]We also have contact details for the company that provides this service. If you have any queries about it, please get in touch with them to find out more.

    Studio Telecom
    [email protected]
    1 Mapp Street
    Belize
    Belize City
    Central America

    X10

    There was a similar 'genuine warning' going around a year or two ago ... can't remember the specifics. I checked at the time and basically there is no way you can be charged a £15 connection fee.

    You can usually guarantee with 99% certainty that anything that says "This is a genuine warning ... please tell all your friends" is a hoax.

    X10 - you beat me to it, I seem to be forever telling people they can't be billed in massive rates as these warnings always claim you do.

    John

    These things pop up all the time, the "PDS (Parcel Delivery Service)" one has been posted here before I think.
    The maximum BT charge for any call is £1.50 a minute, and that's Premium Rate numbers, which no-one here would call without checking [url]www.saynoto0870.com[/url] first, would they
    X10

    Apparently there was some truth in this one ... just the £15 connection fee was wrong.

    Here's a link: hoax-slayer.com/pds…tml

    Johnmcl7

    X10 - you beat me to it, I seem to be forever telling people they can't … X10 - you beat me to it, I seem to be forever telling people they can't be billed in massive rates as these warnings always claim you do.John



    Yeah, I mean, if people believe this stuff blindly I can understand why there are so many eBay scams going about :roll:
    I had a website that I printed off the entire BT Call Charges list of. Basically any number you could call within the UK and the price it would cost On and Off Peak and Weekends.
    I'll see if I can dig that up.
    X10

    Original Poster

    I think we have all received these at some or another but I'd rather give a warning than be the one to say, "Yes, I knew about this but thought it was another scam about a scam." to someone who has been scammed.

    palspal

    I think we have all received these at some or another but I'd rather give … I think we have all received these at some or another but I'd rather give a warning than be the one to say, "Yes, I knew about this but thought it was another scam about a scam." to someone who has been scammed.



    Sure, always worth sharing some information about scams, but also worth taking the time to check if it's correct first, and how much of it is correct before posting.
    X10

    Original Poster

    It happened last Christmas and it's just possible that the decimal point was moved by mistake or design to produce the false £15 charge statement. I'm sorry I missed that.

    As the build up to the festive season starts this year, they might try again.

    If they do try again they are hardly likely to use the same name/scheme.

    The current hoax e-mail doing the rounds is slightly wrong too, the original scam just bore a slight resemblance to a 'we couldn't deliver your parcel' e-mail. They obviously weren't allowed to say that as that would be outright fraud. They said something like 'There's a camera waiting for you!' i.e. everyone had the same item waiting for them.
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