Just recieved this email, unsure of the authenticity of it but thaught i would share;
Pass on to friends and neighbours to warn them…
Can you circulate this around especially as Christmas is fast approaching. It has been confirmed by Royal Mail.
The Trading Standards Office is making people 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:-
or your local trading standards office. This is a genuine scam and is under investigation by ICSTIS.
Email has been scanned for viruses by Altman Technologies’ email management service <http://www.altman.co.uk/emailsystems>
Not heard of that one before, not sure they can charge oyu £15 for the phone call though, seem to recall there was something like this a while back too.
On another note, my mate works for Altman who are listed at the bottom of oyu email!!
Nice heads-up Grrd!! Cheers m8
I remember something that was men’t to have been but in place so things like that £15 billing could not happen.
Still better safe than sorry.
yeah iirc there is a limit to how much is allowed to be charged on a premium rate number. interesting read Here
Handy one for me; being housebound means I get a lot of parcels from online shopping, but when I’m asleep nothing disturbs me- I’d have stood a good chance of falling for that! Nice heads up!
I have been doing a lot of research on this email. I can confirm this is definately a hoax. ICSTIS closed the number down on 29 Dec 2005 from the original scam. Despite a number of high profile websites who have been taken in by the new email warning, this should now be confined to “spam email” as there is no evidence that the original scam is up and running.
http://www.icstis.org.uk/pdfs_news/email.pdf and http://www.midlandsweather.org.uk/tv-media-internet/4129-royal-mail-postal-scam-pds.html
You will find a number of “local government office” sites making false claims that they have residents who have received these cards. They have actually received an email warning about the cards - the hoax email.
Thanks for taking the time to let us know Optrex
Have you considered folding on that fine computer of yours :devil: