Parcels premium rate phone scam doing the rounds

A chain email warning about a postal scam is a hoax, and could result in a substantial phone charges by making a call to a bogus Royal Mail telephone number. The email warns of a premium rate phone scam, but is in fact a premium rate phone scam in itself as it advises people who suspect a scam to call another premium rate number. 

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The hoax email reads: "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 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 £315 for the phone call. If you do receive a card with these details, then please contact Royal Mail Fraud on 020 7239 6655."    

If  you receive this or a similar email, do not call any telephone number quoted in it, do not click on any links contained in it, do not pass it on and delete it.


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