New mobile 'home delivery' scam revealed

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Delivery scams are just one of the increasingly sophisticated methods fraudsters are using to leave victims out of pocket.



By Web Report

Published: Mon 26 Aug 2019, 6:00 PM

Last updated: Tue 27 Aug 2019, 1:14 PM

Beware of the new 'home delivery' scam wherein victims are oblivious of an expensive item ordered online under their name and delivered at their doorstep. The fraudster then poses as delivery person and comes to collect the 'wrongly ordered' item thereby leaving the victim out of pocket.
"Delivery scams are just one of the increasingly sophisticated methods fraudsters are using to leave victims out of pocket," said Which? consumer rights expert Adam French. According to a report in BBC, cyber criminals try to get hold of one's personal details in bid to place an online order of high-value-packages. Once successful, they then attempt to intercept or trick into the person into handing over the ordered item.
As part of the fraudsters' vicious plan, in case they fail to intercept the delivery in the street, they often pose as a courier and try to collect the "wrongly delivered" item. "After it happened to us, we were worried about how someone was able to get so far in ordering a phone in our name. We were also worried that it could impact our credit rating, as we were buying a house," one victim, who did not want to be named, told the BBC.
Better safe than sorry
In case you suspect landing yourself in such a scam, do not hand over the 'wrongly ordered item' to the delivery person who comes to collect it.
Instead, check their credentials and call the company they claim to be representing or call the police.
 
 


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