Halton council warns of parcel delivery scam

A Halton resident who has already been bombarded with scam prize draws, lotteries and clairvoyant letters has received another scam, Trading Standards officers have revealed.

The postcard tells him that he has a parcel, with a value of £50, waiting to be delivered and that he has seven days to pay the £10 delivery fee, it was revealed.

Trading Standards officers at Halton Borough Council said the postcard looks like something you receive when a genuine parcel service has tried to deliver and you were out. Although some information seems to have been written by hand, it is all pre-printed.

The parcel does not contain anything that you have ordered. If you phone the number and pay £10 you will be accepting the sender’s offer of buying an unseen and undescribed jewellery item for £10.

Halton Borough Council's Executive Board Member for Trading Standards, Cllr Dave Cargill, said: "At the moment we are unable to say whether or not you would receive a parcel if you paid, but you should ask yourself, if the contents are worth having, why has the sender tried to trick me into buying them instead of sending an offer with a photo and description so that I could see what I was buying?

"If you receive one of these cards please do not respond – the best place for it is the recycling bin!"

If you or somebody you know has been affected by scams please contact one of our 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.

If they are not around when you ring please leave your name and a phone number that they can contact you on.
If you need advice on anything else please contact the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 03454 04 05 06. 

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