Mobile phone scam
Posted 08 July 2012 - 01:32 PM
pupak 7 Jul 2012 06:32
Yesterday I signed for two parcels addressed to my husband. As he left the driver quipped how many phones does your husband have and confirmed that the two packages were mobile phones. About five minutes later there was a call on my landline from a man saying he was from the delivery company and the packages had been sent by mistake. He was checking to see if someone would be in for him to send another courier to pick up the packages. Within another ten minutes there was another man wanting to take the packages away. Not feeling comfortable with the situation I told him to hang on whilst I checked what was going on with my husband. Meanwhile the man saying he was from the delivery company kept calling trying to get me to hand the packages over. I eventually phoned the police. The police turned up very quickly but sadly a minute after the second courier had left.
I thought I’d post so you are aware, as it was quite an elaborate scam. The man on the phone sounded legitimate, as he knew my name, home number and the fact that I had just signed for two parcels and the name of the delivery company that had delivered the parcels.
Sorry for the long post but I also want to thank the police. When I initially called I wasn’t expecting much of a response, as this must sadly be a fairly common experience. However they turned up within ten minutes of me calling and also called back later in the day when they had found out that two phone contracts had been taken out with my husband’s details. So many thanks to the local police and the officer who handled our case.
Posted 09 July 2012 - 11:36 AM
Posted 09 July 2012 - 12:31 PM
A few more examples out there:
Edited by Sidney Ruff-Diamond, 09 July 2012 - 12:35 PM.
Posted 09 July 2012 - 01:01 PM
GHRA has been alerted to a new ID fraud scam. A resident received a parcel in their name on Friday morning - they were not in but one of their daughters signed for it. A while later there was a phone call made to the house asking for the resident to inform him that the parcel was delivered by mistake and someone would pick it up.
When the resident returned the daughters relayed the message from the delivery company. The resident opened the package, it was in his name and he was curious to see what had been ordered. It was an Ipad 2 worth over £800.00. The resident rang the Ipad company to tell them he had not ordered it. Turned out he was a victum of ID theft. The parcel was collected by the company.
If the resident had been out any longer, the bogus company would have knocked at the door and taken the parcel from the unsuspecting daughters. The resident would have then been billed for it at the end of the month. Please alert friends, family and neighbours to this new postal scam.