Postal Scam email from Parcel Delivery Service
21 November 2012
Many people are receiving a chain email mostly on social media that warns people about a postal scam that could leave you £315 out of pocket.
This email is a hoax and the information contained in it is NOT TRUE. If you receive this information please ignore it.
The email in circulation is similar to this:
“Can you circulate this around especially as Xmas is fast approaching – it has been confirmed by Royal Mail. The Trading Standards Office are making people aware of the following scam:
A card is posted through your door from a company called PSD (Parcel Delivery Service) suggesting that they where 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 £315. for the phone call.
If you do receive a card with these details, than please contact Royal Mail Fraud on 020 7239 6655”.
The chain email refers to a service (operating on 0906 661 1911) that was shut down by PhonepayPlus (then ICSTIS) in December 2005. PhonepayPlus subsequently fined the company that was operating the service, Studio Telecom (based in Belize), £10,000.
If you receive this notice, PhonepayPlus asks you to NOT forward it to others. Instead, please forward a statement from CrimeStoppers.
If you receive a delivery card through your letterbox which you do not believe is genuine and which asks you to dial a premium rate number, you can contact PhonepayPlus on 0800 500 212 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm) for further guidance.
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