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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

John (hubby) just sent me this this morning and it actually shocked me. I am usually a very trusting soul, but am quickly learning how dangerous this world has become so I am passing this one along to anyone interested!


This is very clever. I would probably fall for it if not warned. Give this wide distribution. This scam is actually very clever. Just when you thought you'd heard it all. Be very careful out there! Beware of people bearing gifts!

The following is a recounting of the incident from the victim:

Wednesday a week ago, I had a phone call from someone saying that he was from some outfit called: "Express Couriers," (The name could be any courier company). He asked if I was going to be home because

there was a package for me that required a signature.

The caller said that the delivery would arrive at my home in roughly an hour. Sure enough, about an hour later, a uniformed delivery man turned up with a beautiful basket of flowers and a bottle of wine. I

was very surprised since there was no special occasion or holiday, and I certainly didn't expect anything like it. Intrigued, I inquired as to who the sender was.

The courier replied, "I don't know, I'm only delivering the package."

Apparently, a greeting card was being sent separately. (The card has never arrived!) There was also a consignment note with the gift.

He then went on to explain that because the gift contained alcohol, there was a $3.50 "delivery/ verification charge," providing proof that he had actually delivered the package to an adult (of legal drinking age), and not just left it on the doorstep where it could be stolen or taken by anyone, especially a minor.

This sounded logical and I offered to pay him cash. He then said that the delivery company required payment to be by credit or debit card only, so that everything is properly accounted for, and this would help in keeping a legal record of the transaction.

He added, "Couriers don't carry cash to avoid loss or likely targets for robbery."

My husband, who by this time was standing beside me, pulled out his credit card, and the "delivery man," asked him to swipe the card on a small mobile card machine with a small screen and keypad. Frank, my

husband, was asked to enter his PIN number and a receipt was printed out. He was given a copy of the transaction.

The guy said everything was in order, and wished us good day.

To our horrible surprise, between Thursday and the following Monday, $4,000 had been charged/withdrawn from our credit/debit account at various ATM machines.

Apparently the "mobile credit card machine," which the deliveryman carried now had all the info necessary to create a "dummy" card with all our card details including the PIN number.

Upon finding out about the illegal transactions on our card, we immediately notified the bank which issued us a new card, and our credit/debit account was closed.

We also personally went to the police, where it was confirmed that it is definitely a scam because several households had been similarly hit.

WARNING: Be wary of accepting any "surprise gift or package," which you neither expected nor personally ordered, especially if it involves

any kind of payment as a condition of receiving the gift or package. Also, never accept anything If you do not personally know or there is no proper identification of who the sender is.

Above all, the only time you should give out any personal credit/debit card information is when you yourself initiated the purchase or transaction!

PLEASE, pass this on, it may just prevent someone else from being swindled


Please remember safety FIRST! I will from now on!

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Just to clarify, a lot of people thought this happened to DIDN'T it is just a story that hubby got from a friend and was told to make as many aware as possible emoticon

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  • FRANKIE2019
    Thank you so much for passing on the info. I get spam calls all the time using phone numbers in my area. On the internet must be so careful who you give info to. I just can not trust people anymore so sad. I hope your credit card company does not make you pay.
    4 days ago
    Thank yu for the kind thoughts Gaye--- I love yu too--- I remember when yu began to get well and how happy I was to hear that---
    It was minus 19 C this AM--COLD!!!!-----Hugs my Dear Friend-Lynda
    27 days ago
    Thanks for the notification of this scam, Gaye. There are SO many going around it's getting to where a person is afraid to do anything nowadays. Even restaurants have been found doing this, or a waiter or waitress usually. My husband has gotten to where he rather pays for everything with cash now. Groceries, gifts, gas, everything. Hard to know who to trust!!
    Especially since he recently had his wallet stolen and the person who stole is tried using a couple of his cards right away for big-ticket items. Course, he had phoned the bank to be sure they were aware of the issue as soon as he learned his wallet was missing. And he made a police report as well. We still haven't heard anything.
    What's really bad about this is that his social security card and driver's license was also in his wallet. He had to call the social security administration as soon as he could to report it to avoid any type of identity theft.
    It's getting scary these days.
    28 days ago
    Hi Gaye-So many scams out there --even on the mail---
    Anyway--always nice to hear from yu== hugs, Lynda
    28 days ago
    This is a new one that I've not heard of before this! I'm wary of anything that requires me to pay something without knowing more about it. Having sent gifts and flowers etc. before, the sender always has to pay for delivery or the gift isn't delivered. It's scary to open your door to these people!
    40 days ago
    Thanks for sharing! HUGS!
    43 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    NO reputable business would ever require that payment. People need to stop and think and refuse the delivery.
    47 days ago
    That's quite the scam and a new one to me . . . although gotta say, I get phishing type emails every single week (including today . . . ).

    Scary world out there in some ways!!

    And of course I'm so glad it was NOT you!!
    48 days ago
  • _LINDA
    That sure is taking it to new heights! Those scanners are everywhere. They don't even need to go through that elaboration. They can scan your purse walking by. I keep my credit card in an envelope that is supposed to block any reading of it. I also don't carry it unless I know I will need it for a larger purchase. I prefer transactions with cash, untraceable!
    48 days ago
    OMG Gaye--Isn't that terrible?--I'd have fallen for that too-- so so bad--Thanks for the warning-=Lynda
    48 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/21/2019 10:07:08 AM
    emoticon for sharing! That is scary! I never tell anyone if I'm going to be home or not since I am home alone a lot. I would also never get out my card for such a thing, it may seem silly, but I had my identity stolen when I was 19, and I've been super suspicious of everything since!! Plus I get scam calls all the time, so I'm super vigilant on those, I almost fell for a social security one, but when they started asking questions, I was like, you called me, you should have all this information, I'm not saying another word. I called SS after that and indeed, it was a scam. Thanks again for sharing!!!
    52 days ago
    52 days ago
  • PHOENIX1949
    52 days ago
    Thanks for this warning Gaye - I am in the UK and haven't heard of this here but these things spread. Horrifying that people think these things up - use technology to carry them out - and do so with so much confidence. GOOD warning - thank you. emoticon
    53 days ago
  • KR7770
    Thanks for making us aware... if criminals would spend their time and energy making the world a better place to live things would have the chance to improve.
    53 days ago
    Thanks for the warning...
    53 days ago
  • LIZZIE138
    Thank you for sharing. I’ve never heard of this scam before.
    So sorry that happened to you.
    53 days ago
    Wow! So sorry that this happened to you, but VERY happy that you were able to get your credit card cancelled and get a new one. I really appreciate the warning.

    Hope all works out well.
    53 days ago
  • OOLALA53
    53 days ago
    Thanks for the warning. I hadn't heard of this scam.
    53 days ago
    Thanks for the warning Gaye. Have you been getting the calls about someone trying to stop your SS payments—it is a scam. I asked a cop about it and he told me several others in our area had been getting them. They want you SS number.
    53 days ago
    Thank you for the warning! So sorry that it happened to you! There seems to be a lot of scams out there today but this one seems especially creative!
    53 days ago
  • NANCY-
    It is sad that folks prey on others.
    53 days ago
    Not that trusting here. Especially if I didn't order or expect anything! I feel sad for the person who got sucked in by this one, but fortunately for them, if it was a credit card, those false charges can be disputed!
    53 days ago
  • JUDY1676
    These scammers are so creative! I don’t answer phone calls I don’t know. I just wish there was a way to stop those robo calls!
    53 days ago
  • JUNEAU2010
    Thanks for the alert.
    53 days ago
    Thanks for the warning
    53 days ago
    emoticon Ikkle sorry you've had this experience.
    53 days ago
    Yeah. I'm not that trusting. I will let folks know because I know there are folks far more trusting than I am.

    #1 I would not have answered a telephone call from an unidentified caller.
    #2 I would not have answered the door to an unknown person, even if they claimed to be bearing gifts.

    I don't answer the front door to unknown people claiming they need help! I DO call the police for them. I DO NOT open the front door.
    53 days ago
  • no profile photo TUZZLES
    Sorry that happened to you! So many of those scams out there, we have to remain vigilant!
    53 days ago
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