Over time I know I have frequently highlighted new scams that keep appearing and, obviously, the main people who suffer from scams are older people, people who do not have much in the way of literacy skills or where English is a second language – and some of these people may well be vulnerable and almost certainly do not have money to spare. But all of us with our busy lives may in a hurry and by mistake fall into this scam – it is so easy to do.
The scam is a parcel scam where the scam perpetrators use a courier service – this is how it works…
A card is posted through your door from a company called PDS or Parcel Delivery Service suggesting they were unable to deliver a parcel. The card asks you to contact them on 0906 6611 911 or another premium rate number. If you do call this number, or any other number given by this company, you will hear a recorded message and you will have been billed a whopping £315. Sometimes this information is written on the card from the Parcel Delivery Service but as you can imagine it is in small print and most of us would need a magnifying glass to read it.
If you do receive one of these cards, or something similar, the best thing to do is to contact Royal Mail Fraud on 020 7239 6655 and give them the details. Let us stop heartless scammers stealing our hard earned savings.
Scamming is becoming more and more sophisticated, especially anything to do with the internet, so please please be very aware and very careful. Better to side on the side of caution than to be ripped off. If you become aware of any sort of scam – telephone, letters, internet etc. – please let us know and also get in touch with your local trading standards.