Wednesday, November 01, 2006

As Xmas Approaches So Do The Scams

Beware of this fraud which is reportedly circulating locally:

The Trading Standards Office are asking people to be aware of the following scam:-

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 0306 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 ICSTIS (the premium rate service regulator) at:-

http://www.icstis.org.uk/

or your local trading standards office. This is a genuine scam and is under investigation by ICSTIS.

Ed: £15 seems a little high - I think it's probably £1.50 looking at another user comment. Given ICSTIS track record on such matters, I doubt the fraudsters are particularly worried.

1 comment:

Chris. said...

I was told some time ago that these scam warnings are hoaxes as there are no premium rate lines that cost that much.

It was said that the maximum which is allowed is something like £1-50 per minute..Which whilst being a lot of money is not £15-00