Package Delivery Scam
Thanks to Betsy Joy for
suggesting I put this back on the website. With the holidays coming up, we need
I want to let you all know that Frank and I have been the victims
of credit card fraud this week and felt I should warn you all about the clever
scam. It works like this:
Last Wednesday I had a
phone call late morning from Express Couriers (it could be
any delivery service) to ask if I was going to be home as he had
a delivery for me. He said he would there in roughly an hour. He turned up
with a beautiful basket of flowers and wine. I expressed my surprise as I
wasn’t expecting anything like this and said I was intrigued to know who was
sending me such a lovely gift. He said he was only delivering the gift and
the card was being sent separately (the card has never arrived).
There was a consignment note with the gift.
went on to explain that because the gift contained alcohol he has to charge
the recipient $3.50 as proof that he has actually delivered to an adult, and
not left it on a door step if the recipient is out, to be
stolen or taken by children.
seemed logical and I offered to get the cash. He then said that the company
required the payment to be by Eftpos (short for Electronic Funds Transfer at
Point of Sale) so he’s not handling cash and everything is properly
Frank was there and got his credit card and ‘John’ swiped the card on
this small mobile machine that also had a small screen upon which Frank
entered in his pin number. A receipt was printed out and given to us.
Between last Thursday and Monday $4,000 was withdrawn from our credit
account at ATM machines in the north shore area. It appears a dummy credit
card was made using the details in the machine and of course, they had
Frank’s pin number.
The Bank has stopped our cards and I’ve been to the Police this morning,
where they confirmed that it is a definite scam and many households were hit
during the first 3 days of October.
So PLEASE be wary of accepting a gift you’re not expecting, especially if the
card is not with it. We’ve all received gifts like this and would never dream
that it could be such a despicable act.