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Premium Rate Scam

kinfatric 12 550 9 Scotland
2 Nov 2006 7:30PM
I've just been sent this from a friend. It may be helpful.

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 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 www.icstis.org.uk http://www.icstis.org.uk/
or your local trading standards office.

This is a genuine scam and is under investigation by ICSTIS

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pennyspike 13 2.1k 29 United Kingdom
2 Nov 2006 9:39PM
Noted. Thanks for the info.
edrhodes 12 546 12 United Kingdom
2 Nov 2006 9:56PM
Cheers's for that.
guidoa 15 1.4k United Kingdom
2 Nov 2006 10:57PM
This is an old one, been circulated number of times before. Think the 15 should read 1.50 as there is no premium rate at 15 a min. Still, its like the 419 scams, they never give up.
MikeRC 11 3.6k United Kingdom
2 Nov 2006 11:01PM
Last week I received a phone call, a recorded message saying much the same thing....Mike
afunkyname 10 354
3 Nov 2006 9:31AM
i called that number and they kept me on hold for 15 minutes
simont 12 2.3k 4 England
3 Nov 2006 10:30AM
Well why not ring again see if you get through a bit quicker this timeWink
skeletor 13 1.7k England
3 Nov 2006 10:59AM
Hands up all those that know every time they make a call how much it costs per/min...not many I bet.

Hazard 13 1.2k United Kingdom
3 Nov 2006 11:00AM
It's about time phone companies did something about it instead of lapping up the profits.
Hazard 13 1.2k United Kingdom
3 Nov 2006 11:00AM
3pence on NTL
skeletor 13 1.7k England
3 Nov 2006 11:23AM

Quote:It's about time phone companies did something about it instead of lapping up the profits.

Couldn't agree more.

Quote:3pence on NTL

Try phoning the number in the original post and see how much that costs...bet it ain't 3p. Wink

I use 18185 which is very cheap, but some specific numbers won't give you the cheap rate.

Carabosse Plus
13 40.5k 269 England
3 Nov 2006 2:34PM

Quote:I use 18185 which is very cheap

Once you've started using that you won't look back!

For UK calls, apart from 4p connection charge it's free. You can make a 2 hour (or longer!) long distance call during peak hours and all it will cost is the 4p.

Overseas calls are cheaper than most similar providers too.
agoreira 13 6.0k Wales
3 Nov 2006 5:26PM

Quote:Once you've started using that you won't look back!

You're right, CB. I have been using that and 18866 for a few years now, and I must have saved a bomb. Mind you, when I started it was a 1p connection, so their charges have quadrupled!! Wink Depending on which one I use, if I phone Spain, Sweden or Australia it works out at 1p or 2p a minute. Last time I looked BT was about 30p. My BT bill is the rental plus a few pence.
skeletor 13 1.7k England
3 Nov 2006 8:28PM
'er in the kitchen is from Germany...saved a small fortune on calls with 18185 Smile
Calls to the 0906 66 number above will still cost 1.50 p/m though :-(

ksh 12 467
3 Nov 2006 9:07PM
You'd save even more with 1899, calls to Germany are free, just the 4p connection charge.
I swap between

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