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Parcels delivery company Interlink Express today distanced itself from a premium rate telephone scam taking place in the London area over the last few days.

The scam involves a bogus company claiming to be "Interlink International Post" contacting members of the public via door-drop cards or by telephone requesting prospective victims to call about a parcel supposedly held for the fly-by-night outfit. The contact telephone number given is a premium rate number (0906 909 1111) which connects to an automated music recording, leaving punters paying through the nose to listen to canned music.

BT's Fraud Bureau Services have terminated the number following complaint by Interlink Express, which was forced to deal with a number of aggrieved punters who wrongly though the it was somehow involved in the scam. Meanwhile Interlink Express plans to pursue legal action against the people responsible for the deception, who has yet remain unidentified. Interlink, through its lawyers, have complained to the police and local council, a spokeswoman for the company tells us.

Kay Phillips, Interlink Express chief operating officer, said: "I wish to assure the public and our customers that this scam is not in any way related to our business. We are disappointed that some people attempted to abuse our good name and reputation in order to deceive and steal money. We have taken immediate steps to terminate the scam and held discussions with the trading standards people at the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, who are also investigating the extortion."

Interlink Express, is part of express parcel group, GeoPost UK, the third largest distribution group in the UK. Interlink Express operates through a franchised distribution network of 99 franchises located throughout the UK. ®

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