Beware of parcel delivery scam

Contributed by editor on Dec 02, 2005 - 11:36 AM



Trading Standards are warning that a number of people have reported receiving leaflets through their letterboxes implying that a parcel is awaiting collection. 

The leaflet asks them to telephone an 090 number for further information. The call, which is charged at £1.50 per minute, is likely to last a number of minutes.

Kent Trading Standards is aware of similar scams and is concerned that people may be taken-in by this scam particularly as some might be expecting parcels in the run-up to Christmas. 

090 numbers are charged at a premium rate and it is very unlikely that genuine delivery companies would use this type of number. 

If anyone receives one of these leaflets they should contact Consumer Direct on 08454 04 05 06 for further advice. 

They may also wish to report the matter to the Independent Committee for the Supervision of Standards of Telephone Information Services at or on 0800 500 212'.