LOT OF US KNOW THERE ARE MANY SCAMS ABOUT BUT
THIS IS GETTING VERY CLEVER
It works like this:
Wednesday a week ago, I had a phone call from someone who said that he
was from some outfit called "Express Couriers" asking if I was going
to be home because there was a package for me, and the caller said
that the delivery would arrive at my home in roughly an hour. And sure
enough, about an hour later, a delivery man turned up with a beautiful
basket of flowers and wine.
I was very surprised since it did not involve any special occasion or holiday, and I
certainly didn't expect anything like it. Intrigued about who would
send me such a gift, I inquired as to who the sender is.
The deliveryman' s reply was, he was only delivering the gift package, but allegedly a
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 charge" as proof that he had actually delivered the package
to an adult, And not just left it on the doorstep to just be stolen or
taken by anyone.
This sounded logical
and I offered to pay him cash He then said that the company required
the payment to be by credit or debit card only so that everything is
properly accounted for.
My husband, who, by
this time, was standing beside me, pulled out of his wallet his
credit/debit card, and 'John', the "delivery man", asked my husband to
swipe the card on the small mobile card machine which had a small
screen and keypad where Frank was also asked to enter the card's PIN
and security number.
A receipt was
printed out and given to us.
To our surprise, between Thursday and the following Monday, $4,000 had been
charged/withdrawn from our credit/debit account at various ATM
machines, particularly in the north shore area!
It appears that somehow the "mobile credit card machine" which the deliveryman carried
was able to duplicate and create a "dummy" card(?) with all our card
details, after my husband swiped our card and entered the requested
PIN and security number.
Upon finding out the illegal transactions on our card, of course, we immediately notified
the bank which issued us the card, and our credit/debit account had
We also personally went to the Police, where it was confirmed that it is definitely a
scam because several households have 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 and/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