Scam Alert

Alert message sent 08/10/2020 10:46:00

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Hello resident,
                      please see the below information of a current scam in the Halton area.  Information supplied by Halton Trading Standards.

Hoax WhatsApp message from PDS (Parcel Delivery Service)
Consumers within the Borough have been receiving a chain WhatsApp message warning about a postal scam that could leave you £315 out of pocket - is a hoax.
The hoax message reads:
"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 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 £315 for the phone call.
If you do receive a card with these details, then please contact Royal Mail Fraud on 020 7239 6655."
 
If you receive this message just delete it and do not to forward it to anyone.
 
If you or somebody you know has been caught out by a scam or fraud please contact one of Halton Trading Standards specialist officers, Linda or Sue on 0151 511 8785 or 0151 511 8775, who are already working with people in Halton who have lost thousands of pounds to scams.
 
Message sent by
Paul Mines (Police, Community Support Officer, Widnes PCSO)

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