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#140003 - 19th Oct 2006 11:13pm Police warn of phone scam
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Just posting some news of some scam for those who dont read the newspapers

Wirral Globe Article

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MERSEYSIDE Police are urging Wirral residents to be on their guard against a scam that could land them with a hefty telephone bill.

A card posted through letterboxes from fake company (PDS) Parcel Delivery Services (PDS) explains they were unable to deliver an item and provides a contact telephone number to arrange re-delivery.

The 0906 6611911 number is in fact a premium rate hoax originating from Belize and callers will have 15 added to their telephone account.
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"This is a scam that could give people a real shock when they open their phone bills a few months after ringing the number," said Chief Inspector Phil Davies.

"As soon as people call the number and start to hear a recorded message they will already have been billed 15. Merseyside Police would urge people to exercise caution should they have to deal with items like this."

The scam is currently being investigated by the premium rate service regulator ICSTIS.

Wirral residents receiving one of the cards are advised to contact Trading Standards on 0151-691-8020 or Merseyside Police on the non-urgent number 0151-709-6010.

11:53am Friday 13th October 2006

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#140024 - 20th Oct 2006 12:14am Re: Police warn of phone scam [Re: Pomp]
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hmm dodgy, but it's a great money making idea...why didn't I think of that? raftl
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#140025 - 20th Oct 2006 12:19am Re: Police warn of phone scam [Re: BMW Joe]
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This has been going on for months, maybe even years. I "think" it was featured on the real hustle a few months back...

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