THREATENING letters from an international debt collection agency are being circulated in Huddersfield.

Letters have been sent out by AstraDelph International Debt Collection, a company based in Prague in the Czech Republic.

The letters say the agency is pursuing debts allegedly owed to a company called Amikana

But the people who have received letters say they have never heard of the internet company, or purchased goods from it.

AstraDelph claims it has been instructed to collect outstanding balances and threaten legal action.

This includes seeking a County Court Judgement against the person - causing them problems with getting credit in future.

The agency also threatens doorstep collectors.

The letter says that to avoid such action, people must contact AstraDelph immediately on one of three phone lines.

The letter states high call volumes could cause connection problems and asks callers to keep ringing until they reach an operator. But the lines are based in the Czech Republic - meaning high international call charges.

A spokesman for West Yorkshire Trading Standards service advised people to ignore the letters.

Consumer Direct, the government's consumer advice service, has received a number of complaints from Huddersfield residents about the letters.

John Field, Consumer Direct Centre Manager said "This is a desperate attempt at conning to gain cash."