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Isle of Man Office of Fair Trading warns of possible parcel delivery scam 5 January 2006

    The Isle of Man Office of Fair Trading is warning consumers of a possible deceptive marketing scam relating to bogus parcel deliveries.

    A number of consumers have contacted the Office advising that they have received cards throught the post notifying them that an item such as a digital camera is awaiting delivery to their address and advising that delivery can be arranged by phoning a Despatch Line. None of the consumers had been expecting a delivery and thought the card to be suspicious so sought the advice of the Office of Fair Trading.

    Small print at the bottom of the card advises that the calls are charged at £1.50 per minute from a BT landline, though mobile call costs may vary. The card goes on to advise that calls should be no more than 5 minutes 50 seconds in duration so it quickly becomes clear that the cost of such a call will be almost £9.

    The Office is conducting an investigation into the scam through UK Trading Standards Authorities.

    The Chairman of the Office of Fair Trading, Quintin Gill MHK, was the recipient of one of the cards. "I was very concerned to receive the card as I understand that a number of people are in the same situation and fear they may ring the Despatch Line without realising it will cost them almost £9. I had not ordered a digital camera and was not expecting one as a gift so I have not responded to the request to contact the Despatch Line and I would advise others not to do so either. The Office will be investigating the matter through its counterparts in the UK but our advice is always - if it looks too good to be true the it most probably is."

    5th January 2006

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