Hoax postal and phone scam reminder to residents
Cheshire East residents are being asked to ignore a chain email about an alleged postal and phone scam.
The Council’s consumer protection and investigations team is reminding people they should not be alarmed by the message which warns people to be wary of a Postal Delivery Service (PDS) scam which could cost them more than £300.
But officers are also urging people not to forward the email in case it contains a virus.
The email message states that a card is put through front doors from a company called PDS. It is alleged that the card states delivery of a package has not been possible. A phone number is given on the card: 0906 661 1911. The email is warning residents not to phone the number as this could cost £315.
PDS was shut down in December 2005 and its operators fined £10,000, meaning the service is no longer running.
Councillor Rachel Bailey, Cabinet member with responsibility for safer and stronger communities, said: “For one reason or another, this email tends to be circulated every year around Christmas time and has done since 2005. I urge residents to ignore it and not forward it to others.
“But if anyone does receive a delivery card through the letterbox which they believe is not genuine and asks the recipient to dial a premium rate number, they can contact the premium rate phone service industry regulator PhonepayPlus for information.”
PhonepayPlus is on 0800 500 212 (Mon-Fri, 8am-6pm) and further guidance is available at www.phonepayplus.org.uk/output/FAQ.aspx