"Parcel Delivery Service" scam, confirmed by Snopes

You might have got this from a round-robin email: I’ve been sent it by K.

If you receive a card through your door from a company called PDS (Parcel Delivery Service) saying that they have a parcel awaiting delivery instructions and can you contact them on 0906 6611911 DO NOT call the 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 ICTIS at http://www.icstis.org.uk or your local trading standards office. This is a genuine scam.

Despite what the words “this is a genuine scam” normally imply, this is confirmed by Snopes. Caveat receptor!

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3 Responses to "Parcel Delivery Service" scam, confirmed by Snopes

  1. Jayfell says:

    It was a genuine scam over one year ago (2005).

    You haven’t checked ICSTIS have you? (the link is in your posting), they closed this line down in December 2005.

    Also from the ICSTIS site – the MAXIMUM cost for making a call is not £15 as in the email, or the even cheaper cost of £9 as in the Snopes site, it is (BT Rates) £1 and 50pence per minute.

  2. sbalb says:

    Yes, you’re right. That number seems to have been closed down last year. It’s a good job nobody will never be able to register a telephone number ever again, or otherwise precisely the same scam might be run this year.

    If I get a Paypal button in 2007, I might start checking up on a reasonably trustworthy second-hand source every time someone clicks on it. Until that point you’ll just have to put up with mediocre research, I’m afraid. At this stage all I can really guarantee is solidity of punctuation and sentence structure. And, of course, all my own teeth.

  3. sbalb says:

    As an addendum to the above (and now that I’m aware of the presence of potentially many sharp-toothed pedants hovering over everything I post) I should point out that of course I welcome any corrections to factual inaccuracies in comments.

    However, your comment was so perfunctory and ill-mannered as to be downright insulting. Beginning with three words in capital letters followed by no full stop does not enamour you to the person who’s hosting your factually (if in no other way) correct scribblings.

    The politeness of a blog comment should rise as the urgency of its content falls. And, furthermore, if you can’t manage to keep up with the blog’s general level of syntactical accuracy either then I’d really appreciate it if you were a bit bloody nicer in future.

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