Neighbourhood Watch News Article
Published: 23rd November 2010
If you receive an e-mail, warning you regarding the below scam, please disregard it. Do not forward it to Watch members!
”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).
This scam was shut down by the authorities in 2005 and has not operated since. The e-mails have been re-circulated again and they are causing concern to residents.
Here is the official explanation:-
PhonepayPlus, the phone-paid services regulator, is aware that a chain e-mail about an alleged postal scam is being circulated on the internet. The email refers to the Royal Mail, Trading Standards and ICSTIS (PhonepayPlus’ former name).
PhonepayPlus appreciates that recipients of the e-mail may want to find out more information about the alleged scam and has therefore issued the following statement:
The chain e-mail refers to a service (operating on 0906 6611911) 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.
The service is NO LONGER running and has NOT been running since December 2005.
You do NOT need to contact PhonepayPlus, or the Royal Mail, about this service as it was stopped almost four years ago.
If you receive a copy of the email warning you about the alleged scam, please do NOT forward it to others. Instead, please forward this statement from PhonepayPlus.
Author: Neighbourhood Watch
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