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17 November 2005

Barrett urges residents to beware of latest rogue mailing scam

John Barrett, Liberal Democrat MP for Edinburgh West, has today urged residents to beware of rogue mailing schemes which are currently operating across Edinburgh.

The latest scam involves a calling card, similar to those used by mail delivery companies, that is being delivered through resident’s doors. The card invites the resident to call a dispatch line and quote the reference number given in order to arrange delivery an item.

However, the small print on the card advises that calls will be charged at a premium rate. The card has been produced to look like those used by many parcel dispatch company prompting fears that many people may be misled.

John has been made aware of the scam by local residents who are concerned that neighbours could be duped by the sales gimmick.

John Barrett commented:

“This is a disgraceful scam that could well cost many well-meaning people large amounts of money. People may be calling the numbers given expecting to receive a package. Unfortunately all they will find is a huge bill on their next telephone statement.

“With more and more people now ordering their Christmas gifts early over the internet I am concerned that a scam such as this may well mislead many people, preying on their generosity at this time of year.

“This is just the latest in a long line of shameful scams designed to take the money of decent, hardworking people. I can assure local residents I will be raising this particular case urgently with the Trading Standards authorities.”

 

Notes

The calling card can be faxed on request

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