Sunday, October 26, 2008

The Forward Button

the email forward buttonIn the last week or two I have received 9 round robin emails warning of the PDS Parcel scam [09066611911]. The latest originated from the Police – shows how well informed they are. Not our local one’s I hasten to add. A quick search on google reveals it is also cropping up on internet forums where it is getting short shrift.

19 October 2007
A STATEMENT FROM PHONEPAYPLUS ABOUT THE CURRENT ‘POSTAL SCAM' CHAIN EMAIL

PhonepayPlus, the phone-paid services regulator, is aware that a chain e-mail about an alleged postal scam is being circulated on the internet. The email refers to the Royal Mail, Trading Standards and ICSTIS (PhonepayPlus' former name).

PhonepayPlus appreciates that recipients of the email may want to find out more information about the alleged scam and has therefore issued the following statement:
The chain email refers to a service that was shut down by us in December 2005.
We subsequently fined the company that was operating the service, Studio Telecom (based in Belize), £10,000.
The service is NO LONGER running and has NOT been running since December 2005.
You do NOT need to contact us, or the Royal Mail, about this service as it was stopped almost three years ago.
If you receive a copy of the email warning you about the alleged scam, please do NOT forward it to others. Instead, please forward this statement from PhonepayPlus.
Please go to our comsumer guide for useful information about how to recognise phone-paid services and understand what they cost, and some simple tips to help you enjoy using services with confidence.
For more detailed information about our work, please visit our website.

And from Hoax-Slayer :-


A real problem with emailed warning such as this is that they often continue to circulate for months or even years after the described threat has disappeared. They also tend to mutate as they travel, further diffusing the truth and relevance of the information they contain.

Before forwarding scam warnings, recipients should always check that the warning is genuine and current. False or outdated warning emails such as this one do nothing more than add to the clutter in our already junk-ridden inboxes and spread misinformation.

But from Snopes :-

Although this specific warning email is out of date, it represents a common form of telephone fraud that has been used in the past and will likely be used again, so the public is well advised to be aware of it.

4 comments:

  1. Thank you for your articulate and constructive comment. I do hope you enjoyed your visit and found what you were looking for.

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  2. Presumably the first comment came from Belize.

    I tend to agree with "Snopes" - out of date or not, this is a timely reminder with Christmas approaching.

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  3. Could have been you, Anon ;)

    Yes, that's why it has been on this blog for the past two years. 2006 and 2007.

    Thanks for reminding me to re-post this.

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