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Last Updated: Monday, 15 December, 2003, 21:40 GMT
Consumers warned of postal scam
A company that tricked householders into making expensive phone calls has been fined 10,000.

National Post Force has also had its premium rate number barred for a year.

Thousands of people in Nottinghamshire and other parts of the UK have been targetted in the scam, according to a telephone watchdog.

About 3,000 cards were distributed in the Arnold area of Nottingham by the firm, which is registered in Vanuatu in the South Pacific.

They said a package was being held for householders and asked them to call a telephone number to arrange delivery.

The premium rate line cost 1.50 per minute, but calls could last up to four minutes.

The watchdog responsible for such services, the Independent Committee for the Supervision of Standards of Telephone Information Services (ICSSTIS), has ordered the firm to stop the scam.

It has disconnected the service for a year after deciding its advertisements were misleading customers.

The company has been warned that any future breaches of its code of conduct will be treated even more seriously.

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