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'Royal Mail' delivery hoax
« on: Tuesday, 08 August, 2017 @ 23:54:02 »
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POST WARNING: Households told to be aware of FAKE 'missed delivery' notice scam
HOUSEHOLDS are being warned not to be fooled by a fake missed delivery notices that could see recipients conned out of £45.

Supposedly fake notices are being posted though unsuspecting homeowners’ doors, advising them they have missed a delivery.

The bright red card is almost identical to the “something for you” cards which are delivered by Royal Mail when they are unable to hand over a package or letter.

And they even have the exact same layout, detailing how to collect the supposedly missed delivery and which number to call to have the item ‘redelivered’.

However the scam note, which is distinctly lacking the Royal Mail crest, also advises the recipient to call a number not registered to the British firm.

In a post shared more than 60,000 times on Facebook, it was revealed that dialling the number will charge the caller a whopping £45.

It is unclear if dialling the number will actually cost £45.
http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/836298/Post-office-scam-fake-missed-delivery-card-tracking-Royal-Mail-redelivery-warning


Following the Express article actionfraud.police.uk have issued a warning on their website, however it does state:

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we have not received any reports at present


Here's an extract from an email that was going around a few years ago (and possibly still is):

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Can you circulate this around especially as Xmas is fast approaching – it has been confirmed by Royal Mail. 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 xxxx xxxxxxx. If you call the number and you start to hear a recorded message you will already have been billed £315 for the phone call.
http://www.hoax-slayer.net/pds-parcel-delivery-service-premium-rate-scam-warning/

The latest Facebook warning does rather resemble an old email hoax, nevertheless it's well worth being wary of such scams.