Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Scam alert

This originates from a crime prevention officer in Lancashire, so probably isn't a scam about scams.

Warning 1:

If you receive a phone call on your mobile from any person, saying that he or she is a company engineer, or telling that they're checking your mobile line, and you have to press #90 or #09 or any other number, end this call immediately without pressing any numbers.

There is a fraud company using a device that once you press #90 or #09 they can access your "SIM" card and make calls at your expense.
Warning 2:
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

UPDATE: See the comments, this might be very out of date. However, the mail sent from the Lancashire police is dated a month and a half ago, so they seem to think these are current issues.


Jon Barnard said...

Well, Snopes says that the first might be true for certain types of private exchanges in the States, but would not work for mobiles.

The second scam was real, but was shut down in 2005.

Anonymous said...

The Met police emailed our offices about this today also. Well scan 2 as i recall.

Anonymous said...

Maximum call charges to premium rate lines are £1.50 per minute. Maximum one-off connection charges are £1.50. Who listens to a recorded message about a package they are not expecting for 10 minutes (the time it would take to incur a £15 charge)?

Also, who has the time to drive around dropping off cards getting people to phone these numbers? How many fall for the scam (sic)to make it worthwhile?

Sorry, it doesn't pass the "common sense" test.

This would not be the first time that a well-meaning (but gullible) police officer fell for an urban myth about premium rate phone charges.

Anonymous said...

Old, old hoaxes, both of them.

Are you surprised that Plod is both out of date and techno-illiterate?

You shouldn't be.

Anonymous said...

You all right Peter?

Don't go the same way as DFH - nearly 12 months without a post.