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    Warning Postal Scam

    Hi All
    I had this sent to me by a friend this morning.
    I just thought I'd share it with you, especially with Xmas right on top of us.

    __________________________________________________ ____________
    Postal Scam

    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.

    For more information, see the Crime Stoppers website:
    __________________________________________________ ________________

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    Not sure its anything to worry about any more.

    Is this 0906 6611911 number a scam? | This is Money

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    This scam was run several years back. I heard over the weekend it was active again, but I'm sure teh number was directed elsewhere (the origional was indeed run by a Belizian outfit). These myth-slaying sites say otherwise, but I suppose it is prudent to look up any suspect 'we missed you' cards before dielling, especially since Christmas is coming and we all get a lot of home deliveries.

    PDS (Parcel Delivery Service) Premium Rate Scam Warning
    snopes.com: Parcel Delivery Service Fraud

    There is nothing listed on any news sites, so I think we can assume it is not actually happening.

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    Crikey theres some inflation for you... in 2006 it was £15 you'd get scammed out of, now in 2010 it's up to £315.

    I'm wary of any email that includes the phrase "has been confirmed by...." If this was a real scam Royal Mail would have been going to the media with it not sending an email to a few random people.

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    It's funny in some respects to see these old chain emails being resurrected every couple of years!

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    I'm still waiting for my $50m from a very nice Nigerian widow who needed my help to get her late husband's fortune out of the country....


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    It's a hoax. You can't get charged more than £1.50 per minute for an 09 phone call.

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    Crimestoppers, whose website is cited in the email, confirm it's a hoax

    Crimestoppers parcel e-mail scam | Crimestoppers UK

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    Maximum cost for an 09 number was and may still be £999.99/minute

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    No, the most you can be charged for an 09 number from a BT landline is £1.50 per minute.

    BT's own literature confirms:
    "This is BT's Premium Rate Number where your customers pay a higher fee for your service - but no more than £1.50 (inc VAT) per minute from the BT network This is the number for you if you need to generate that extra bit of revenue."

    Ref:
    Valuecall 09xx | 08 & 09 numbers | Phone services

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    Quote Originally Posted by riffleman View Post
    No, the most you can be charged for an 09 number from a BT landline is £1.50 per minute.

    BT's own literature confirms:
    "This is BT's Premium Rate Number where your customers pay a higher fee for your service - but no more than £1.50 (inc VAT) per minute from the BT network This is the number for you if you need to generate that extra bit of revenue."

    Ref:
    Valuecall 09xx | 08 & 09 numbers | Phone services
    BT aren't the only provider of premium rate numbers...

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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    BT aren't the only provider of premium rate numbers...
    True. But OFCOM sets it at that for the 0906 number as mentioned above

    http://stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/bin...ment/sesv3.pdf

    • 0900 and 0901 Special Services, time charged calls up to and including 60ppm and total call cost not greater than £5 or fixed fee up to £1 per call (all prices are for BTcustomers);
    • 0904, 0905, 0906 Special Services, open ended time dependent charge or fixed and 0911 fee up to £1.50 for BT customers;
    • 0907 Special Services pay for product that costs more than £1 in total for BTcustomers;

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    Quote Originally Posted by RabbieBurns View Post
    True. But OFCOM sets it at that for the 0906 number as mentioned above

    http://stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/bin...ment/sesv3.pdf
    Again, it states 'for BT customers'. Not everyone is a BT customer!

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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    BT aren't the only provider of premium rate numbers...
    That is correct. However all 090 numbers must be registered with the regulator (PhonePayPlus) who have stipulated the maximum cost as £1.50 per minute irrespective of who provides the service.

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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    Again, it states 'for BT customers'. Not everyone is a BT customer!
    They mean from a land line, as opposed to from a mobile phone.



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